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Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013 that gay state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) and state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) introduced has more than 20 co-sponsors. These include state Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard County.)

The proposal died in committee last April because Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller (D-Prince George’s and Calvert Counties) reportedly blocked a vote on it. Miller has since backed the proposal.

“Put simply, the process of passing a bill requires that you line up the votes you need to make it through a chamber,” Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, told the Washington Blade.

“That process is eased considerably when those legislators are willing to sign on as co-sponsors. I am very pleased we can show this degree of support in the Senate, which I attribute to the diligent work of Senators Madaleno and Raskin and their staffs. The trans community should be very hopeful that this is the year,” she said.

Maryland is among the 21 states and D.C. that have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, while the nation’s capital and 16 states have passed laws that ban anti-trans discrimination.

© Washington Blade. Reprinted by permission.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you maryland for stepping up!!! Right on for being a compassionate state!:)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:09pm
  2. I love watching the world change, When I knew I was gay at age 10, but felt I was the only one…Love that after 43 years, things are so much better for my brothers and sisters in this World, more to be done!! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:15pm
  3. Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:21pm
  4. YES

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:21pm
  5. yay!!! way to go to my home state!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:22pm