Delaware Poised to Adopt a Transgender Rights Law [Updated]

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:16 am

Update (7:30 pm Wednesday): The Delaware Senate has approved the amended bill passed yesterday by the House, and Gov. Markell has signed it into law. Congratulations Delaware! Delaware is on the verge of protecting transgender residents under its anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.  From Washington Blade: The Delaware House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a [...]

Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 1:18 am

Crossposted with permission from OutServe Magazine, the magazine of OutServe-SLDN. By Anonymous Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat [...]

House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage Bill

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 2:15 pm

Today the British House of Commons gave for a second time its overwhelming approval to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, voting 366 to 161 at the bill’s third reading.  In February, the same body overwhelmingly approved the bill by a vote of 400 to 175 at its second reading. The bill, which would legalize [...]

Guest Post: Afterglow

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:31 am

The following is a guest post by Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland. It was originally published in Baltimore OUTloud on November 16, 2012 and is reprinted here with permission of the author. Note from Laurel: Just as those of us in blue states must not forget the ongoing struggles of our friends [...]

On Trans Pride Events And Militancy

By: Monday July 2, 2012 5:50 pm

Pride marches are born of two thoughts that can be perceived as both complimentary and contradictory: Political action and community celebration. Pride Month is in June because the Stonewall Riots, and follow-up Stonewall Uprising Gay Liberation Movement, began on June 28th, 1969. The LGBTQ community was born in a political act — riots often being [...]

Mother of Transgender Teen: Ignorance is Deadly, Pass the Maryland Gender Identity Anti-discrimination Bill

By: Saturday March 3, 2012 11:50 am

A bill to add gender identity to the list of classes protected against discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment got its first hearing last week in the Maryland state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Maryland law already prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation and disability in [...]

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 [...]

A Moment of Silence for Trans Service Members on September 20, 2011

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 6:56 am

Note from Laurel: On 9/20 I invite you to join us for a moment of silence to honor our transgender brothers and sisters who, despite the repeal of DADT, are still forced to serve in silence. Let’s let them know that they are not forgotten and that we LGB people are as committed to their [...]

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