» Maryland Senate Passes Transgender Equality Bill!
Maryland Senate Passes Transgender Equality Bill!
ANNAPOLIS – Today the Maryland Senate passed Senate Bill 212 with a 32-15 vote for the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014. This vote sends the message that transgender Marylanders should be treated equally under the law.  The bill updates the state’s anti-discrimination laws in the areas of employment, housing, places of public accommodation and credit to include transgender individuals.

“Today is a huge day for transgender rights in Maryland,” said Carrie Evans, Executive Director of Equality Maryland. “With their vote, 32 Senators stood up to say no one should be denied the opportunity to work for a living, secure housing or eat lunch at a restaurant just because of their gender identity.”

After being amended in the Judicial Proceedings Committee, SB 212 was further amended on the Senate floor to clarify that the bill would cover people who are in early stages of transitioning as well as those who have transitioned. The final text passed by the Senate is available online. The House Health and Government Operations Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday, March 5th.

Currently five jurisdictions in Maryland have anti-discrimination laws that include transgender people: Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery Counties, Baltimore City and Hyattsville. By passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, Maryland would join 17 states and the District of Columbia in providing anti-discrimination protections to transgender people.

 

 

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We are in the running for a crowd sourced $1,000 grant, vote for Equality Maryland before Monday at 5pm (EST) at http://svy.mk/1Mk43BZ

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Some media outlets are looking to talk to folks who are eligible to request updated Maryland birth certificates, after we get get final passage..

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Now bills will go to the opposite chamber, for committee and floor votes in the coming weeks! Stay updated at http://equalitymaryland.org/legislation/

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What a day for LGBT equality, the two bills EQMD has been working on have passed their original chamber!

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