Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Gender Identity Bill Resurrected in Maryland State Senate

After being presumed dead in the state Senate Rules Committee, the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act has been sent out of the Rules Committee and back into the Judicial Proceedings Committee.  This follows a letter sent by the seven members of the Maryland state Senate's LGBT caucus earlier today to Senate President Thomas Miller, which asked him to bring the bill, HB 235, back to life.

The Maryland state House has already passed this bill, so if the state Senate passes it, all that will be left is for Governor Martin O'Malley (D) to sign it.

The Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act would protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, and credit.  Public accomodations protections are not included in this bill.

I have written before on the importance of passing anti-discrimination measures for transgender people.  Transgender people are among the most discriminated against and harrassed in the country, and transgender people in Maryland need this legislation to protect them and level the playing field.  While it is not a perfect bill, it will still help transgender people who are facing the threat of being fired, kicked out of their homes, or denied a loan, just for being who they are.

I strongly encourage all Maryland state senators to vote for this bill.

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