Akil Patterson

Baltimore City Council, District 13

Akil will be one of two first openly LGBTQ members of the Baltimore City Council


Akil grew up without great financial resources. His family demonstrated the values of hard work and community-based advocacy. Akil attended the University of Maryland, where he received a full scholarship to play football. He was designated an NCAA Football All-American twice and a Greco-Roman Wrestling All-American eight times.

Akil is a proud resident of the 13th district neighborhood. As an openly gay athlete, Akil made groundbreaking strides fighting for equal access, and opportunity in the sports community. Akil served as the Director of Youth Programs at Athlete Ally where he worked with MLB, NBA, and NFL organizations on diversity and inclusion reform policy.

Akil has fought to pass legislation that serves to uplift Baltimore City youth. Akil successfully helped to pass the Maryland Drug Price Board and expand youth access to care, and treatment to prevent HIV.

Akil is credited with working to get NFL VPs and other senior leadership to bring athletes in to talk about LGBTQ issues and worked with NFL Super Bowl Champions and personal sports friends to lend voices to the marriage equality fight like

Akil continues to be passionate about public service and building stronger communities across Charm City. His community work, particularly on HIV/AIDS awareness, has been recognized by: the Baltimore City Health Department, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Baltimore City Council, and the Mayor of Baltimore.

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