USA, Maryland: Transgender Rights Bill Gets Final Approval

Written by scott on March 28th, 2014

Transgender FlagA bill to protect the rights of the state’s transgender citizens won final approval after years of trying.

The Washington Blade reports:

The 82-57 vote on Senate Bill 212 – the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 – took place after lawmakers debated the measure that state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) introduced in January for more than two hours. “What we are about to do today is important,” said state Del. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City) as she referenced the exclusion of trans Marylanders in a 2001 anti-discrimination bill that only included sexual orientation. “This is an important group of people today who frankly we left out 11 years ago. They’re beat up. They’re ridiculed. They are suffering and they need to hold their head up high just like I do.”

It should never have taken this long, but it’s a great step forward for the state’s LGBT community. Or should that be TLGB today? :)

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