Transgender Rights Upheld in Maryland — Major Victory!

We here at Family Equality
were thrilled to hear that the ballot measure to repeal
Montgomery County, Maryland’s transgender protections ordinance
failed to qualify for the November ballot!

From our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality:

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
applauds the decision by Maryland’s highest court to invalidate the
mean-spirited effort to remove a local anti-discrimination law that
passed unanimously by Montgomery County Council last year. The
failed effort could have repealed the county law protecting people
from discrimination based on gender identity depending upon voters’
decision.  However, the court decided that the anti-transgender
measure must be removed from the November ballot because opponents
did not collect enough valid signatures to qualify.

Also from NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force
, a comprehensive national survey to collect data on
discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment,
public accomodation, health care, education, family life and
criminal justice.

“We know that transgender people face discrimination on multiple
fronts,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of NCTE.  “This
data will help us sort out the combination of forces that leave
transgender people vulnerable to unemployment, homelessness, and

To take the survey or tell your friends, click here.