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Maryland Senate Approves Transgender Rights Bill

transgenderIn a 32-15 vote margin, the Maryland Senate has passed SB 212 — a bill that bans discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who introduced SB 212, had this to say:

“Today marks a historic milestone in the continued fight to advance equal rights for all Marylanders. The Senate’s passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act sends a reaffirming message throughout our state that regardless of whom you are, prejudice and discrimination will no longer be tolerated or exempted from law.”

Jenna Fischetti of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Quality adds:

“As a transgender woman, I know that this is one huge step forward for transgender people who only want to fully participate in public life, without fear of discrimination based on gender identity. Today the Maryland Senate said loud and clear that every Marylander deserves equal rights.”

17 states including nearby Delaware as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico currently ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, New York and in the process of moving similar bills through state legislature.

One more step in the right direction.

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4 Comments

  • balehead

    Watch Ellen mock this too…..

  • Bemoresocial

    @balehead: she was mocking female impersonators who do Liza. That joke was old 20 years ago and it really only offends actual Liza impersonators and Liza for looking like a dude dressed in drag as her. Get over yourself. Learn to take a joke. Life is too short to go around complaining and bitching about what might be possibly offensive if you look at in in a certain light and twist the meaning. Get a life.

  • Bemoresocial

    And GO MARYLAND! Proud of the old line state I call home and all the brave, hard working folks that got this bill passed!!!

  • Angelicus

    17 states down, 33 to go (31 if you count New York and Pennsylvania). “The moral arc of the universe is long but it always bends toward justice.” Congratulations Maryland.

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