FRC’s Peter Sprigg gave misleading testimony at Maryland hearing on marriage equality

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 7:32 am

Yesterday, the Maryland legislature listened to testimony on a bill which would allow marriage equality in the state. Of course, Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council offered up testimony against the bill. A printed copy of his testimony is on FRC’s webpage. Basically Sprigg said that marriage equality would harm children based on the [...]

NAACP Supports Passage of Maryland’s Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill

By: Saturday January 28, 2012 12:22 am

Speaking Friday at Creating Change, an annual national conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, NAACP President Ben Jealous announced that the Maryland gender identity anti-discrimination bill has his organization’s backing. The bill (SB 212) was introduced late last week and awaits action in the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee. It is comprehensive in coverage, [...]

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 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. [...]

Maryland’s gender anti-discrimination bill passes House, 86 to 52

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 1:38 pm

Maryland House Bill 235, the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, is moving to the Senate.  This afternoon, the House of Delegates voted 86-52 to pass HB 235.  The bill provides job, housing and credit protections for transgender Marylanders. Equality Maryland is asking bill supporters to keep the momentum going by contacting their Senator and asking them [...]

Maryland’s gender anti-discrimination bill passes House committee vote

By: Friday March 25, 2011 11:27 am

Maryland’s gender anti-discrimination bill HB 235 was successfully voted out of the House Health & Government Operations Committee by a vote of 15-8.  Next stop, debate on the floor of the House of Delegates.  The bill must be approved by the House by midnight on Monday, March 28th to remain eligible for Senate consideration and [...]

Maryland faith leaders stand up for transgender equality

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 3:32 pm

Last week when I watched videos of the prayer breakfast that Equality Maryland sponsored for pro-equality faith leaders, I realized that although it’s probably happened before, it was the first time the I’d seen clergy making public statements in support of gender identity and expression anti-discrimination legislation.  I wanted to hear more from these folks [...]

Valentine’s Day in Maryland is about more than dinner and roses this year

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 7:56 pm

Equality Maryland’s annual Lobby Day is happening on Monday, February 14th at 5pm in Annapolis.  Show your little love bug how much you care by bringing hir, her or him by the state house for a spot of lobbying for the gender identity anti-discrimination and marriage equality bills.  You can find more details and sign [...]

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