Saturday, March 26, 2011

Maryland House Passes Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill

The Maryland State House has passed the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill, which would protect transgender people from many forms of discrimination, 86-52.  The bill now moves to the State Senate.

If passed by the Senate, the bill could become the first state-wide legislation since 2007 to extend gender identity-based protections.

The bill would add gender identity protections to state antidiscrimination laws on employment, housing and credit, according to The Advocate.

"All hardworking people in our state, including transgender people, should have a chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families," said Equality Maryland executive director Morgan Meneses-Sheets. "Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance."

This bill is certainly a step in the right direction for LGBT people in the state of Maryland.  Transgender people are discriminated against in many ways, and the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill will help level the playing field for our transgender friends and neighbors.

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