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Maryland House of Delegates passes gender identity protections bill

Maryland House of Delegates passes gender identity protections bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland House of Delegates on Saturday approved the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, legislation that would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and credit for Transgender Marylanders.

The measure, approved by a vote of 86-52, now moves to the state Senate’s Judicial Proceeding Committee. A vote in the full Senate is expected before this year’s legislative session end on April 11.

“We are proud of the 86 Delegates who stood up for fairness today by voting to support HB 235,” said Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director of Equality Maryland, in a statement today.

“All hardworking people in our state, should have a chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job skills or work performance. There is still work to do, but today, we’re one step closer in seeing all transgender Marylanders are treated fairly under the law,” Meneses-Sheets said.

According to a February 2011 report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, 1 in 5 transgender people in Maryland have lost a job due to discrimination and 12% have become homeless.

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