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May 9, 2011
The brutal beating of Chrissy Lee Polis at the Rosedale McDonald's rightly calls attention to the systemic stigmatization of transgender individuals living in Maryland ("Transgender Advocates See McDonald's Beating as a Turning Point" April 30). Yet the devastating health effects of this discrimination go well beyond physical attacks. The estimated prevalence of HIV infection among male to female transgender Americans is between 14.7 percent and 27.7 percent, vastly higher than the general U.S. population.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has listed U.S. Rep. Andy Harris -- a Baltimore County Republican -- among the nation's "most anti-equality members of Congress. " The Human Rights Campaign said Tuesday that Harris made its new "Hall of Shame" list of 19 legislators nationwide for having "gone out of his way to sponsor nearly every anti-LGBT bill introduced in the House" since he arrived there in 2010. The list, which also includes high-profile legislators such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
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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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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Free State Legal, which provides legal services to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the Baltimore area, is seeking a "passionate and visionary" new leader following the announced departure of its executive director. Aaron Merki, who helped co-found the nonprofit organization in 2007, has been in the role for the last two years, overseeing several victories. Last month, the group announced it had helped win coverage of transition-related care for transgender state employees under their state health plans.
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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.
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by Annie Linskey | January 23, 2012
Though it won't be part of his legislative agenda, Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters this morning that he will back a bill to extend employment, housing and other rights to transgender people. "I support it wholeheatedly," O'Malley said. "I do support it. It won't be a part of the legislative package, there are only a few things in the legislative package. " Dana Beyer, of Gender Rights Maryland, said the group did not expect O'Malley to introduce this year's bill -- but she's hoping the governor will mention it during the Feb. 1 state of the state address.
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March 2, 2012
I confess that I haven't read every article related to the use of restrooms by transgender people, but I need to make a few comments. If someone is a transgender female, I presume that this person will be dressed as a woman. If so, it is obvious to me that this person could not enter the men's room to go to the bathroom. In the ladies' room there are booths, and I would never have any idea of what goes on there. How could someone even know if it is being used by a male dressed as a female?
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By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
A bill that would protect transgender people from discrimination in jobs, housing and other areas gained preliminary approval Friday in the Senate. Transgender discrimination already is barred by local ordinance in some areas, including Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Montgomery County. The Senate measure would extend transgender rights statewide, making explicit that people may not be denied jobs, housing or access to public facilities on the basis of their gender identity, even if different than the sex they were assigned at birth.  Although laws already bar discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation, courts have not held them to apply to claims of transgender discrimination.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Mykell Hatcher-McLarin, a transgender man, said he feels he has a "target on my back" in Baltimore and could be attacked at any given moment. "They are out to get me," said Hatcher-McLarin, 21. "We don't feel safe in Baltimore. " Ken Jiretsu, also transgender, says he doesn't feel safe whenever he leaves his home in the city. "I have to watch where I am and determine if I'm in danger," said Jiretsu, 42. "People treat us like a second-class citizen. " Such sentiments are shared by many in Baltimore's transgender community, a pervasive sense of fear that has become second nature after two high-profile killings in the city in recent months.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
If the tone of your editorial on Maryland's transgender rights law was intended to inflame, in my view it was very successful ( "Another misguided petition drive," May 4). I am not writing to restate the objection and outrage that I - and hopefully a majority of Marylanders from both sides of the political spectrum - harbor toward this bill. But I would like to make one point here, and that is that this legislation is a perfect example of a measure that tramples the rights of a large majority in order to "protect" a small minority.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Mykell Hatcher-McLarin, a transgender man, said he feels he has a "target on my back" in Baltimore and could be attacked at any given moment. "They are out to get me," said Hatcher-McLarin, 21. "We don't feel safe in Baltimore. " Ken Jiretsu, also transgender, says he doesn't feel safe whenever he leaves his home in the city. "I have to watch where I am and determine if I'm in danger," said Jiretsu, 42. "People treat us like a second-class citizen. " Such sentiments are shared by many in Baltimore's transgender community, a pervasive sense of fear that has become second nature after two high-profile killings in the city in recent months.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
In a reversal of state healthcare policy, transgender state employees in Maryland can now access gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other transition-related care under their state-provided health insurance plans. The change quietly went into effect at the start of this month as the result of legal negotiations in a discrimination case brought against the state by Sailor Holobaugh, a 31-year-old clinical research assistant in neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
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July 20, 2014
City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set an example for his fellow officers when he met recently with Baltimore's transgender community to discuss the murder of a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a Northwest Baltimore alley last week. The death of Mia Henderson on Wednesday, and the slaying last month of Kandy Hall, another transgender woman, sent shock waves through the LGBT community that have left many members fearful of being targeted by violence, yet reluctant to turn to police for help.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Yesterday, in the wake of the second murder of a transgender woman in Baltimore in the last two months , Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a press conference to convey a commitment to solving the crime and improving police relations with the transgender community. Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Reggie Bullock also started tweeting about 26-year-old Mia Henderson's death, saying she was his "brother," and the case -- which city police had clearly sought to shine a spotlight on -- became the subject of international news.
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Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Friends say Mia Henderson had only recently moved back to Baltimore when she became the victim of a homicide this week in Northwest Baltimore. Henderson was found in a Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood alley early Wednesday, killed by "severe trauma," police said. Henderson's brother, Reggie Bullock, is a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, and her death became national and international news Thursday in part because of that connection. Police say the killing of Henderson, 26, a transgender woman, bears similarities to the killing of another transgender woman named Kandy Hall, 40, about a month ago in Northeast Baltimore.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Black- and copper-colored beads lay around a puddle of blood in a Northwest Baltimore alley where police said a transgender woman was killed early Wednesday in a crime that bore similarities to the slaying of another transgender woman last month. Baltimore police are investigating whether the death of Mia Henderson, 26, is connected to the killing of Kandy, whose body was found June 3 in a field in Northeast Baltimore. Both were found during the early morning, and police have no suspects in either case.
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By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Baltimore police acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman, but details surrounding the case remained scarce. Police said Tuesday night that a man had been found dead that morning at 6:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fillmore St., near the U.S. Post Office in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood. They identified the victim as Ricky Carlos Hall, of the 4000 block of Raymonn Ave. Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Hall was a transgender woman who was known as "Kandy.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
Regarding the quote from the article in The Sun on February 20 "We just don't want them turning our children into what they are. It has to do with morals" ("Transgender bill stirs fear"), obviously the speaker knows nothing about transgender people. They don't choose to be this way, they are born this way. They don't go around trying to convert people into changing their gender. They know how difficult their life is as a transgender person. Patricia Elliott
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By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Baltimore police acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman, but details surrounding the case remained scarce. Police said Tuesday night that a man had been found dead that morning at 6:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fillmore St., near the U.S. Post Office in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood. They identified the victim as Ricky Carlos Hall, of the 4000 block of Raymonn Ave. Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Hall was a transgender woman who was known as "Kandy.
NEWS
June 2, 2014
Two years ago, Republican Del. Neil Parrott and MdPetitions.com had become so adept at petitioning Maryland laws to referendum that some Democrats, Gov. Martin O'Malley included, urged the General Assembly to make it tougher to do. How foolish that looks now. Over the weekend, the conservative group came up short in its efforts to petition to referendum the transgender rights law passed this year by the legislature. MdPetitions.com had only to produce 18,500 signatures by midnight on Saturday - a goal the organization had little trouble meeting previously when it petitioned same-sex marriage or Maryland's version of the Dream Act in recent years.
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