We are currently working within the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality (MCTE) to pass a bill that would update the current state laws to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and epxression in the areas of employment, places of public accomodations, housing, and credit.
No one deserves to be fired, refused work, denied housing, education or credit, or suffer harassment or violence just because of who they are -- but transgender people and those who don't fit gender stereotypes, such as some gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight people, in Maryland routinely face this type of discrimination and/or violence without some kind of recourse. In order to close the loophole on discrimination in areas of basic rights such as housing or employment protections is state law are neeed.
Nationwide, 17 states, Washington D.C., and more than 150 counties and cities have passed legislation to ban this discrimination in their communities.
From the 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey - Key Findings by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
This bill will make explicit the State's commitment to providing people of diverse gender identities and expressions equal protection under the law, and guarantee transgender and gender non-conforming people the opportunity to contribute to their communities and to the local economy. It sends a clear message that everyone should be able to work, go to school, and live without fear in Maryland. This law is about fairness.
In Maryland transgender people are not currently protected under statewide anti-discrimination laws. Although Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Montgomery County provide such protections we need to ensure that everyone in Maryland is protected. Transgender people experience bias in a number of venues related to employment, housing, healthcare, public accommodations and others.
In employment, discrimination against transgender individuals can occur during the application process, employment, promotion and/or termination. An employee may experience gender identity-based discrimination in many instances such as when coming out, transitioning to a different biological sex, discovery of their birth sex, or even mere suspicion of transgender status.
Transgender people also frequently suffer discrimination when health care professionals deny treatment because of gender identity or expression, ridicule a patient, or refuse to recognize the gender identity of a patient. In other areas of public accommodations, transgender people might be refused service at a restaurant or in a specific gender department at a store, or simply ignored by staff. Transgender individuals also may be denied access to social service like shelters or rape crisis centers. Equality Maryland expects workplace decisions to be based on an individual's qualifications and job skills.
Please Join Us
For an Equality Maryland Political Action Committee Fundraiser
Sunday, January 5th
At the home of Dennis Hoffman
Brunch will be prepared by Scott Muns, Chef from Rose’s Luxury (ranked as DC’s #1 “So Hot Right Now” in 2013)
Special guests include:
State Senator Allan Kittleman
State Senator Ron Young
RSVP by January 2, 2014
Address provided upon RSVP
To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here.
Join local and national Equality Maryland supporters and staff for a welcoming week long family friendly cruise vacation. Set sail for 7 nights of relaxation -- or choose to partake in the constant Caribbean style party -- while making new friends surrounded by all you can eat buffets and events. Special events and surprises are in store for all Equality Cruise passengers.
Your cruise vacation begins at the Port of Baltimore, where you will board your resort-at-sea, the Carnival Pride. The Pride boasts a full casino, Broadway style theatre, resort style pools, an adults only pool, numerous bars and lounges, a 72-foot water slide, a spa and fitness center, youth designated areas and activities, and much, much more. Your vacation starts with two days at sea before making stops in Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida and Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas ending with you soaking up the sun on your last day at sea before returning to Baltimore.
Prices start at $537 per person (based on double occupancy), and a $50 refundable deposit is required to hold you space on the trip by July 3rd.
We look forward to having you with us on our Equality Cruise. Feel free to invite your family and friends, and contact us for more information; including if you would like information on sailing with children or with more than two people in your room.
If you’d prefer to call, I can be reached at 410-685-6567. To be included in Equality Maryland events, and to receive your sweet surprises, you must book through us.
Join the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality for a rally at Lawyer's Mall and lobby visits to your elected officials