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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
Gender identity will likely fall under discrimination protections in Howard County, joining race, religion and sexual orientation, after a vote by the County Council on Monday. Four of the five council members introduced the measure last month, which would bar discrimination in housing, employment, law enforcement, public accommodations and financing practices. Its passage would make Howard the third jurisdiction in the state to include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws. "I'm looking forward to us taking a stand on an important human rights issue," said council Chairman Calvin Ball, an east Columbia Democrat.
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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 Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2011
A transgender woman beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald's spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was "definitely a hate crime" and that she's been afraid to go out in public ever since. "They said, 'That's a dude, that's a dude and she's in the female bathroom,' " said Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who said she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. "They spit in my face. " A worker at the restaurant taped Monday's attack and created a graphic video that went viral last week.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Gay rights advocates and the state legislator who introduced legislation this session to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" in Maryland have withdrawn the bill, saying they will instead pursue regulatory oversight of the controversial practice. "If we can do this without legislation, I am all about it," said Baltimore County Del. John Cardin, the bill's sponsor, in a statement Friday. "I am not interested in the glory. I'm interested in solving problems. " Cardin's bill would have banned mental health professionals, but not unlicensed church clergy or therapists, from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Transgender people would be protected from discrimination in Baltimore County under a measure approved by the County Council Tuesday, making the county the fourth local government in Maryland to adopt such protections. Council members did not add a heavily debated amendment proposed last week that would have specifically exempted bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms. Instead, the council left the bathroom issue open to interpretation in the legislation, amending the measure so that the protections do not apply to "distinctly private or personal" facilities.
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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