Maryland’s Statewide Transgender Rights Bill Dies in Committee Despite Tremendous Successes at the Local Level

By: Monday March 26, 2012 9:50 am

Gender Rights Maryland reports today that Senate President Mike Miller has allowed the gender identity and expression anti-discrimination bill (SB 212) to die in committee: Today marks the crossover date in the Maryland General Assembly for bills to move from one house to the other. It is unfortunate that we cannot report that SB212 is [...]

Guest Post: A Letter to the Maryland Senate President

By: Friday February 24, 2012 8:03 am

Guest post by: Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland. It’s time, Maryland. We’ve made great progress protecting transgender and gender non-conforming persons in Baltimore City, Montgomery, Howard and Baltimore counties. Fifty percent of the state is now covered, more than 2.5 million people, the last two counties both within the past three months. [...]

Maryland’s Baltimore County Council Passes Gender Identity and Expression Anti-discrimination Protections

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 9:55 am

With a decisive 5-2 vote by the Baltimore County Council on Tuesday evening, Baltimore County became the fourth jurisdiction in Maryland protecting residents against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and financing. Howard County, Montgomery County and Baltimore City already have [...]

Gender Identity Bill is a Legislative Priority for Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 2:02 pm

With the start of a new legislative session in Maryland right around the corner, this report from Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland, is welcome news indeed: Last evening I had a brief moment to chat with Governor O’Malley just after he had finished a rare and wonderful performance with his band O’Malley’s [...]

Gender identity and expression protections legislation passes in Howard County, Maryland

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 8:14 am

The Council of Howard County, Maryland passed legislation (CB54-2011) last night that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the areas of housing, law enforcement, public accommodations, financing, employment, and health and social services. The bill was initiated by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) and Gender Rights [...]

Gender Rights Maryland: Transgender Community Stands with ALL Women

By: Friday August 26, 2011 2:52 am

Gender Rights Maryland posted an opinion piece in Baltimore OUTloud today in response to fears expressed by radical feminists and the radical religious-right “that gender identity civil rights laws (like the ones in Baltimore City and Montgomery County) will harm or jeopardize women’s sex-segregated spaces and lead to assaults on non-trans (cisgender) women in these [...]

Gender Rights Maryland announces membership of its Boards

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 3:34 pm

Update:  Gender Rights Maryland’s website is now up. Today Gender Rights Maryland announced the membership of their boards. GENDER RIGHTS MARYLAND ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS LAUREL, MD (May 31, 2011) – Gender Rights Maryland, a new civil rights organization focused on issues of gender identity and expression in the State of Maryland, today announced [...]

Gender Rights Maryland debuts ahead of schedule for a good cause

By: Sunday May 22, 2011 11:41 pm

Earlier this year the Maryland Legislature debated but ultimately rejected the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act (HB 235), a non-comprehensive bill that would have prohibited discrimination in housing, employment and credit on the basis of gender identity or expression. Though the bill did not become law, progress for Maryland’s trans community was realized in several ways. [...]

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