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. [...]

Governor Chris Gregoire Announces in Powerful Speech That She is Personally Introducing a Marriage Equality Bill

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 4:39 pm

Today Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) announced that she will be introducing a marriage equality bill in the legislative session that begins Monday. Today, I’m announcing my support for a law that gives same-sex couples in our state the right to receive a marriage license in Washington – the same right given heterosexual couples. It [...]

Indiana: lawmaker introduces bill to make it illegal to sing national anthem ‘inappropriately’

By: Sunday January 1, 2012 4:28 pm

Happy New Year, everyone. Nothing like kicking off 2012 by bringing you this example of “small government” Republican legislation, delivered by Indiana State Senator Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville),  She apparently has considered all of the problems in the state solved, all potholes taken care of, all needs addressed in the state budget, etc., because anyone with synapses [...]

TV Ad Launched in New Hampshire Urging Lawmakers to Reject Bill Repealing Marriage Equality

By: Monday December 26, 2011 6:03 pm

The New Hampshire House is expected to vote as soon as the first week of January, 2012 on HB437, a bill to repeal the state’s freedom to marry law. 63% of New Hampshire voters oppose repealing marriage equality. Standing Up For NH Families has started airing the following ad on WMUR-TV in New Hampshire as [...]

Tell Puerto Rico: Do Not Eliminate Hate Crimes Protections

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 8:07 am

This is urgent, folks. Public hearings on the proposed revisions of the penal code are scheduled to take place today (Thursday) and Friday. Read Joe’s article below, then click this link and follow Ricky Martin’s lead by signing the petition. ~~Laurel Advocates Tell Puerto Rico: Do Not Eliminate Hate Crimes Protections Guest post by Joe [...]

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 [...]

Nevada Governor signs two more gender identity anti-discrimination bills into law

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 4:21 pm

Good news from Nevada!  Yesterday Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, signed into law bills prohibiting discrimination in housing (SB368) and public accommodations (SB331) on the basis of gender identity or expression.  Last week he signed AB211, a bill prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity or expression.   Taken together, the [...]

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