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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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Tim Wheeler | March 27, 2014
Legislation barring discrimination against transgender people passed the General Assembly on Thursday, as the House of Delegates approved the bill after an impassioned debate. The vote sends the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who said he will sign it. The bill, approved by the House 82-57, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in housing and employment, in obtaining credit and in access to public accommodations. Five Maryland localities, including Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard counties, have similar laws.
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.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Tomi B. Finkle started her law enforcement career with the U.S. Capitol Police in the late 1970s, when she was a man. By the time she retired as a sergeant in 2002, she was ready to begin a new life as a woman. The Charles County resident continued to pursue public service, and her passion for horseback riding, in her volunteer work with a regional mounted search-and-rescue team. But when she volunteered to ride with a new mounted patrol unit she says she helped Howard County police create, she was turned down.
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.
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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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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2002
The City Council passed a bill last night outlawing discrimination based on "gender identity or expression," a measure aimed at protecting transsexuals who say they are denied jobs and housing, barred from trying on clothing in stores, and harassed by police officers who assume they are prostitutes. Passed without debate, the bill makes Baltimore the nation's 53rd locality or state to explicitly prohibit discrimination against transsexuals, according to Lisa Mottet, a lawyer with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Transgendered Civil Rights Project.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 14, 2010
Equality Maryland says it will be asking primary voters today about same-sex marriage -- grassroots outreach that the gay-rights group hopes will put it in touch with hundreds of voters. In a release this morning, Equality Maryland described the exit polling as a "massive voter ID effort" that will occur throughout the day in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Prince George's counties. Anne Arundel and Frederick feature a mix of Democratic and Republican voters, while heavily Democratic Prince George's contains voters with more conservative social values.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
In Kevin Rector's blog posting, "LGBT inmates report sexual victimization at much higher percentages" (May 20), he assumes that "other" sexual orientation is transgender. Sexual orientation refers to one's inclination in sexual and romantic partners; gender identity refers to whether one identifies as a man, woman, or other gender. This distinction isn't just a matter of semantics; transgender women face a significantly higher risk of assault, in prison and outside of it, than their cisgender LGB peers, who in turn are at higher risk than their straight cisgender counterparts.
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