Purpose Of Bestreviewbase Website

By Equality Maryland

  1. Purpose Of Bestreviewbase Website

You might think as to what is the use of a website helping in rating the various products available in the market when there is an option to physically see and buy them from the shops outside. Ok now, with increasing workloads and more time for the professional life, a very little is spent by each person with his or her family. This holds good for both men and women as specified here. So with whatever little time is available, they try to spend a good productive time with kids and people at home and do not want that time to be spent outside shopping for the house. Of course, it sounds and feels good when you go out on a shopping and pick up things after checking the products and their ingredients and deciding on whether to buy them or not thinking of the good benefits to the health of your family and is fun and gives you satisfaction. Just a description of the retail shopping has taken so long imagine if you do this in reality. Oops, it’s going to take half of your time. With online shopping websites, you have dual benefits, you shop, at the same time be at your home sweet homes with your people. So you get to do two things at a time.

There are some common websites like Bestreviewbase.com that would give you details and comments on the various products being sold in the retail as well as online shopping websites and going by what they say is really going to make your shopping a worthy one. You just need to login to their website and give your choices and the website would tell you where it is available, for how much, the worth of buying at a particular website or shop along with valuable comments and suggestions from customers who have already used it.

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Tough Times Can Be Overcome With Timely Help

By Equality Maryland

Tough Times Can Be Overcome With Timely Help

When the going gets tough, you need to get tougher and take matters into your own hands. The present economic scenario is not very promising with nature creating unprecedented damage and the global markets not showing any signs of improving. It is at such times that the assets you have accumulated over the years can come to your rescue and bail you out.

If you are living in Texas, one of the largest and the richest States in America, you will realize that no amount of preparedness could have saved you from the wrath of Harvey which rampaged the State. The ensuing financial crisis hit the State and the citizens with equal fury.

While the State will figure out how to manage, you need to take stock. One of the most popular methods people use to sail over the tough financial seas is to avail title loans. In fact, it is quite common to avail these loans because they are easy to obtain even for those with poor credit scores.

So, if you are the lucky few who have managed to salvage the car but have lost practically everything else, you can safely avail car title loans. There are several players in the market who offer cash advance but endless paperwork and high interest rates can put the brakes on the final release of the cash.

If you are new to this way of life then you must first and foremost compare different title loans in Texas before you decide which is most suitable to cover your needs. Look out for those companies that offer multiple payment options and competitive rates. Choose loan programs that include all types of credits. Look for roll over options too. It is possible to start the process online from the comfort of your home.…

Get the Facts About Senate Bill 212

By Equality Maryland


The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 212: The Fairness for All Marylanders Act last month. However, opponents of fairness are trying to misrepresent what this law does by producing large amounts of videos and buying YouTube views for them.. Take a moment to find out what this important law actually does.

FAQ’S ON SENATE BILL 212: THE FAIRNESS FOR ALL MARYLANDERS ACT OF 2014

What is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act?

What is the meaning of “gender identity” in this bill?

Why do we need this law?

How many transgender people are there in Maryland?

Is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act a radical change to the law?

Does this law mean that all public facilities will have to be open to anyone – regardless of gender or gender expression?

What exactly is a “public accommodation”?

How does the Fairness For All Marylanders Act apply to places of public accommodation?

Is this a “bathroom bill?” Does “public accommodation” just mean a restroom?

Where do transgender people use the restroom now, and how will that change under this law?

Does this mean that both men and women would be able to use any and every public bathroom, locker room, store dressing room, and shower in the state of Maryland?

Does this mean that men will be able to dress up as women and use the women’s room?

Under this law, will girls be exposed to male genitalia in the bathroom?

What exception was made for locker rooms and other “private facilities”?

Are schools covered by the “public accommodations” provision?

Does this mean schools will be unable to prevent men and boys from entering female locker rooms and will mean that men and boys will play on women’s and girls’ sports teams?

Will employers be able to establish dress codes?

Will this law infringe on freedom of conscience and religion?

Will this law allow lawsuits against someone who calls an individual ‘he’ instead of ‘she’?

 

What is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act?

The Fairness For All Marylanders Act is a new state law that updates Maryland’s existing Civil Rights Law to include protection on the basis of gender identity.

The existing Civil Rights Law of Maryland (codified in Title 20 of the State Government Article) prohibits discrimination on the basis of several protected classifications: race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, and disability. These are personal characteristics that most people agree should not be relevant to whether a person is allowed to have a job, or eat at a restaurant, or rent an apartment, or qualify for a credit card. So, the Civil Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of those personal characteristics in the areas of employment, housing, credit and other licensed services, and places of public accommodation.

The Fairness For All Marylanders Act adds “gender identity” to that list of protected classifications. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, credit and other licensed services, and places of public accommodation.

 

What is the meaning of “gender identity” in this bill?

“Gender identity,” means the “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
The Act provides that a person’s gender identity may be demonstrated by the “consistent and uniform assertion” of their gender identity or any other evidence that the gender identity is “sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.”

So, the Act’s definition of “gender identity” only includes an identity that is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.

This definition was proposed by Republican Senator Joseph Getty, and is consistent with the definition adopted in other states that have enacted gender identity protections, including Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Why do we need this law?

Everyone has a gender identity – an innate, core sense of oneself as male or female. But the people who are most in need of the protection of this law are people who are transgender. Transgender persons are people whose gender identity does not correspond with their sex assigned at birth. Many transgender people decide to transition – to live their lives in their true, authentic gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.

You may know some transgender people in your own life – your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Or, you may know some transgender people who are in public life or on TV or in the news. Transgender people are just like everyone else: they want to be able to work, shop, eat dinner, and go home at night without the fear that someone will discriminate against them for who they are.

A study conducted in Maryland showed an astounding level of discrimination faced by transgender people:

  • 71% of transgender Marylanders reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job because of their gender identity, and 42% experienced an adverse job action, like being fired, demoted, or denied a promotion
  • 17% of transgender Marylanders reported having been denied a home or apartment because of their gender identity, and 12% became homeless
  • 54% of transgender Marylanders reported having been verbally harassed or mistreated in a place of public accommodation such as a hotel or restaurant

 

It isn’t fair to discriminate against someone just because of who they are. It shouldn’t matter what your gender identity is for you …

FAQs for SB 212: The Fairness for All Marylanders Act

By Equality Maryland

FAQs ON SENATE BILL 212: THE FAIRNESS FOR ALL MARYLANDERS ACT OF 2014

Sign the Pledge to #StandForFairness for All Marylanders: http://bit.ly/StandForFairness

What is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act?

What is the meaning of “gender identity” in this bill?

Why do we need this law?

How many transgender people are there in Maryland?

Is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act a radical change to the law?

Does this law mean that all public facilities will have to be open to anyone – regardless of gender or gender expression?

What exactly is a “public accommodation”?

How does the Fairness For All Marylanders Act apply to places of public accommodation?

Is this a “bathroom bill?” Does “public accommodation” just mean a restroom?

Where do transgender people use the restroom now, and how will that change under this law?

Does this mean that both men and women would be able to use any and every public bathroom, locker room, store dressing room, and shower in the state of Maryland?

Does this mean that men will be able to dress up as women and use the women’s room?

Under this law, will girls be exposed to male genitalia in the bathroom?

What exception was made for locker rooms and other “private facilities”?

Are schools covered by the “public accommodations” provision?

Does this mean schools will be unable to prevent men and boys from entering female locker rooms and will mean that men and boys will play on women’s and girls’ sports teams?

Will employers be able to establish dress codes?

Will this law infringe on freedom of conscience and religion?

Will this law allow lawsuits against someone who calls an individual ‘he’ instead of ‘she’?

Sign the Pledge to #StandForFairness for All Marylanders: http://bit.ly/StandForFairness

 

What is the Fairness For All Marylanders Act?

The Fairness For All Marylanders Act is a new state law that updates Maryland’s existing Civil Rights Law to include protection on the basis of gender identity.

 

The existing Civil Rights Law of Maryland (codified in Title 20 of the State Government Article) prohibits discrimination on the basis of several protected classifications: race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, and disability. These are personal characteristics that most people agree should not be relevant to whether a person is allowed to have a job, or eat at a restaurant, or rent an apartment, or qualify for a credit card. So, the Civil Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of those personal characteristics in the areas of employment, housing, credit and other licensed services, and places of public accommodation.

 

The Fairness For All Marylanders Act adds “gender identity” to that list of protected classifications. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, credit and other licensed services, and places of public accommodation.

 

 

What is the meaning of “gender identity” in this bill?

“Gender identity,” means the “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
The Act provides that a person’s gender identity may be demonstrated by the “consistent and uniform assertion” of their gender identity or any other evidence that the gender identity is “sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.”

So, the Act’s definition of “gender identity” only includes an identity that is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.

 

This definition was proposed by Republican Senator Joseph Getty, and is consistent with the definition adopted in other states that have enacted gender identity protections, including Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Why do we need this law?

Everyone has a gender identity – an innate, core sense of oneself as male or female. But the people who are most in need of the protection of this law are people who are transgender. Transgender persons are people whose gender identity does not correspond with their sex assigned at birth. Many transgender people decide to transition – to live their lives in their true, authentic gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.

 

You may know some transgender people in your own life – your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Or, you may know some transgender people who are in public life or on TV or in the news. Transgender people are just like everyone else: they want to be able to work, shop, eat dinner, and go home at night without the fear that someone will discriminate against them for who they are.

 

A study conducted in Maryland showed an astounding level of discrimination faced by transgender people:

  • 71% of transgender Marylanders reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job because of their gender identity, and 42% experienced an adverse job action, like being fired, demoted, or denied a promotion
  • 17% of transgender Marylanders reported having been denied a home or apartment because of their gender identity, and 12% became homeless
  • 54% of transgender Marylanders reported having been verbally harassed or mistreated in a place of public accommodation such as a hotel or restaurant

 

It isn’t fair to discriminate against someone just because of who they are. It shouldn’t matter what your gender identity is for you to have a job, rent an apartment, eat at a restaurant, shop at a store, or qualify for a loan. That’s why we need …

Governor Hogan’s First 24 Hours Start on the Wrong Foot for LGBT Maryland

By Equality Maryland


Contact:

Carrie Evans, Equality Maryland
Carrie@EqualityMaryland.org, 443-514-4999

Jer Welter, FreeState Legal
jwelter@freestatelegal.org, (410) 625-5428

Governor Hogan’s First 24 Hours Start on the Wrong Foot for LGBT Maryland

January 22, 2015 – In his first day as Maryland’s 62nd Governor Larry Hogan withdrew regulations that would have prohibited Medicaid providers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and issued an Executive Order that omits gender identity as a grounds for equal opportunity.

Governor Hogan withdrew proposed amendments to COMAR 10.09.36.03A (8), the regulation that prohibits discrimination in the provision of services by Medicaid providers, to update the regulation to reflect current law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and (as revised at the urging of Equality Maryland and FreeState Legal) gender identity.

Governor Hogan also issued his first Executive Order, “Standards of Conduct for Executive Branch Employees and Reporting of Misconduct” this morning. In it he states, “Employees shall adhere to all applicable laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity for all Marylanders regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.” Unfortunately, the Executive Order contains no mention of gender identity, despite the passage last year of updated Maryland state law including clear protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and a growing consensus that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is also prohibited by federal law.

“Equality Maryland is disappointed in the Governor’s actions. To withdraw a regulation that prohibits discrimination in the provision of essential medical services, which also has no fiscal impact, seems contrary to the spirit of inclusiveness touted in his inauguration speech yesterday. We know that trans people in Maryland face discrimination when accessing health care and we should be working to ensure this doesn’t happen instead of overtly condoning it,” comments Carrie Evans, Executive Director of Equality Maryland.

Jer Welter, Deputy Director and Managing Attorney of FreeState Legal observes, “The issuance of an Executive Order directing Executive Branch employees to ‘adhere to all applicable laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity for all Marylanders’ is a good thing and we commend the Governor for reminding his staff of the applicable laws and regulations. However, those laws now include gender identity and we urge him to re-issue this Order with all of the current prohibited grounds included in state law.”

Both Evans and Welter remain hopeful that Governor Hogan will agree to meet with Equality Maryland and FreeState Legal to discuss these and other issues. “I sincerely believe that Gov. Hogan envisions a Maryland that treats all of its citizens with respect and we want to work with him to ensure this extends to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of Maryland,” comments Evans.

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Equality Maryland is the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization; FreeState Legal is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Marylanders through direct legal services and policy advocacy.

Equality Maryland Endorses Senator Brian Frosh

By Equality Maryland

Baltimore – Today Equality Maryland announced its endorsement of Senator Brian Frosh for Attorney General. This is the latest endorsment issued by Maryland’s civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders. The PAC has already issued endorsements to the Brown/Ulman ticket as well as to 57 incumbents seeking re-election to the General Assembly.

“Brian Frosh has been a firm ally and leader on LGBT issues in the General Assembly. He has the maturity, experience and commitment to be an effective advocate for the LGBT communities of Maryland as our next Attorney General,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans.

Evans added, “During the just-completed General Assembly session, Equality Maryland worked closely with Senator Frosh on passage of SB 212, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. He worked with Senate leaders and advocates to shepherd the bill through the Senate. His leadership was instrumental in achieving the 8-3 vote for the bill in the Judicial Proceedings Committee which he chairs.”

“Equality Maryland members were already aware of Brian Frosh’s record of support on our issues. During his interview with us he spoke convincingly about his commitment to fairness and how his own convictions were shaped by the example of his father, who supported civil rights for African Americans as a member of the Montgomery County Council more than 50 years ago,” said Equality Maryland PAC Chair Tim Williams.

“Senator Frosh has more than 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney and has served in the General Assembly for 27 years. He understands the duties of the Attorney General and articulates a clear vision for how this office can continue to move Maryland forward on fairness or equality,” said Equality Maryland, Inc. Board Chair Stephanie Bernstein, adding, “We strongly urge the LGBT community and its allies to support Senator Frosh in his bid to be Maryland’s next Attorney General.”

Process for Attorney General Endorsement

Questionnaires were sent to candidates who filed their candidacy with the State Board of Elections or otherwise declared their intentions. Delegate Alisha Braveboy is a Democratic candidate for Attorney General but voted against House Bill 438 (The Civil Marriage Protection Act in 2012) in the General Assembly and was therefore not eligible for Equality Maryland’s endorsement. Questionnaires were completed by, and interviews were conducted with, Senator Frosh and Delegate Jon Cardin. Equality Maryland, Inc. staff and Board conducted interviews along with Equality Maryland members.

 

Equality Maryland’s Political Action Committee was established in 2006 to help elect individuals who are committed to working for fairness and equality for LGBT individuals, our families and our communities. The PAC also works to support fair-minded incumbents.

EQUALITY MARYLAND DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT DEFEATED – WE WILL TRIUMPH

By Equality Maryland

Maryland’s LGBT advocacy organization vows to keep up the fight.

 

After lengthy debate and support from thousands of Marylanders from all over the state, the House of Delegates recommitted the Civil Marriage Protection Act to committee.

 

Statement by the Staff and Board of Equality Maryland; Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director and Charles Butler, Board President

 

Though we are disappointed that we must continue to fight for marriage equality, today’s move was a strategic step that will allow us to fight and win in the future.

 

We celebrate that-for the first time-marriage equality legislation made it through the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee, and was debated in the House of Delegates.

 

We are extraordinarily grateful to the many leaders who have stood by us throughout this journey especially our lead sponsors – Senators Rob Garagiola (D-15), Jamie Raskin (D-20) and Rich Madaleno (D-18) and Delegates Kumar Barve (D-17), Ben Barnes (D-21) and Keiffer Mitchell. We are also extremely fortunate to have such terrific leaders in the members of Maryland’s LGBT Caucus and proud to call them not just our partners but our friends. Special thanks to Delegates Maggie McIntosh (D-43), Heather Mizeur (D-20), Anne Kaiser (D-14), Luke Clippinger (D-46), Bonnie Cullison (D-19), Mary Washington (D-43) and Peter Murphy (D-28). None could have done more to push for the passage of this legislation.

We commend the thousands of supporters who made calls, sent emails, and met with their legislators to tell them why all Maryland couples deserve equal rights. People from all over Maryland stood up and told their stories, got involved and built grassroots support for the simple idea that the law should treat all Maryland families equally the same.

 

As a result of the tireless efforts, strong hearts, and the determination of gay and lesbian couples and our many allies it is only a matter of time before Marylanders achieve marriage equality.

 

Equality Maryland is more committed than ever to this fight. Our setback today only strengthens our determination to redouble our efforts to ensure that our voices are heard and our rights are protected. We know our cause is just. We know that a growing majority of Marylanders believe in the same values of fairness and equality

 

We must commit to this fight for the long haul. Together we will triumph!

 

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Equality Maryland is Maryland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, with thousands of members across the entire state. Equality Maryland includes: a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies in Annapolis and across the state to create equal protection under the law for LGBT Marylanders and their families; a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building; and Equality Maryland PAC, which exists to influence elections.…