Maryland Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill

Maryland

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which passed the Senate, 32-15, now goes to the House of Delegates. The measure would expand Maryland’s anti-discrimination laws to protect transgender people in employment, housing, access to credit and public accommodations.

“With their vote, 32 senators stood up to say no one should be denied the opportunity to work for a living, secure housing or eat lunch at a restaurant just because of their gender identity,” said Carrie Evans of Equality Maryland.

Four localities — Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties — already bar discrimination based on gender identity, but there is not a state law against it.

If approved by the House, the legislation would make Maryland the 18th state to protect the rights of transgender people.

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