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NEWS
February 26, 2011
As a member of the clergy actively working with congregants in Harford County, I feel it is important to be an advocate on behalf of equal treatment for all. I am often compelled to take my ministry to Annapolis each legislative session in hopes that Maryland, as the "Free State" will adhere to laws that honor the dignity of all its constituents. I am blessed to be serving a congregation that supports this advocacy. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 235, the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act. This bill would provide protections based on gender identity and expression under our state's anti-discrimination laws in the areas of jobs and housing.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
Howard County has joined Montgomery County and Baltimore City as the third jurisdiction in the state to adopt a law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The Howard County Council's four Democrats voted in favor of legislation Monday night that bars discrimination in housing, employment, law enforcement, public accommodations and financing. The council began crafting the bill after a Baltimore County transgender woman was attacked at a Rosedale McDonald's last spring and the failure of the General Assembly to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law. Several members of a local group, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, sought the law "This is an important bill," said Councilwoman Courtney Watson, an Ellicott City Democrat, before casting her vote in favor of the bill.
NEWS
By KELLY BREWINGTON and KELLY BREWINGTON,SUN REPORTER | July 9, 2006
Dr. John Money, one of the nation's pre-eminent sex researchers who pioneered the study of gender identity and helped establish Johns Hopkins as the first hospital in the country to perform adult sex-change operations, died Friday. He was 84. The controversial scholar, who coined the term "gender role," died a day before his 85th birthday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of complications from Parkinson's disease, which he had battled for several years. Dr. Money did groundbreaking research as director of the Psychohormonal Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
FEATURES
By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,Sun Staff | June 29, 1997
The boy waited more than nine hours for Bill Reiner. He parked his wheelchair behind the door of his family's trailer in a field outside Danville, Va., and there he sat from 8 in the morning until after 5, rooted by his hope."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most. Yes, Williams -- gay cabaret owner in "The Birdcage" and the one-and-only dad-in-drag "Mrs. Doubtfire," among other favorites -- was an icon for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community just as much as he was a cherished persona for anyone in the world who loves comedy and could tell a genius of the form when they saw one. Williams' death by suicide this week was no doubt more cutting for many in the LGBT community because of the support he'd shown for them and theirs , decades before many of their own family and friends would do the same.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
DiJohn Thomas grew up bouncing between foster placements in Baltimore, never knowing how his peers, the next foster parents or staff at his next group home would respond to his being gay. Sometimes the adults responded negatively, he said, and his peers with their fists. "I've never been homeless to the point where I had to sleep outside, but there were times when I would leave group homes and wouldn't have anywhere to go but to a friend's house, sleeping on a couch," said Thomas, who is now 21 and first entered the foster system at age 6. "Most of the time, I would fight or people wouldn't like me just because they knew I was gay. " Advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say Thomas's experiences are all too common.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
The attack on Chrissy Polis ("18-year-old charged in McDonald's beating," April 25) is a tragic and disturbing reminder that Maryland is still a state that fails to provide adequate civil rights protections to transgender people. Each day, transgender Marylanders face discrimination in housing, employment, health care and public accommodations, and they have no legal recourse. The Maryland General Assembly this year again failed to pass the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act. Just one week after the legislative session ended, Ms. Polis was beaten while she was in a Baltimore County McDonald's.
EXPLORE
December 9, 2011
Kudos to Lindsey McPherson for her excellent article on the passage of the gender-identity bill by the Howard County Council and what it may portend for a statewide measure . One thing that should be added, however, is that the bill before the 2011 General Assembly did not include language relating to "public accommodations. " This was a decision made by the bill's sponsor, Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and other proponents who believed the elimination of "public accommodations" from the bill would help pass it. The strategy did not work.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | May 26, 2007
Local United Methodist clergy are asking for a judicial opinion from the denomination's highest legal authority on Bishop John R. Schol's decision to reappoint a transgender pastor to a Charles Village congregation. "I think this is an issue we have to talk about as a church, and we have to decide what we think," said the Rev. Kevin M. Baker, senior pastor of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney. The bishop announced his decision to continue the appointment of the Rev. Drew Phoenix, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
NEWS
By Chai Feldblum | September 24, 2007
On Sept. 5, Michael Carney, an openly gay Massachusetts police officer, eloquently told members of the House of Representatives why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to be essential. Mr. Carney, who endured job discrimination once he made the courageous decision to come out to his colleagues, said, "Had I not been successful in fighting the bias that tried to prevent me from working, all the good I have done for some of the most vulnerable people in my community would never have happened."
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