Gov. O’Malley Supports Trans Rights Bill


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has said that he will support a bill to extend nondiscrimination rules to protect trans citizens, even if the bill is not part of the legislative package he is proposing.

O’Malley, who is expected to publicly introduce marriage equality legislation on Tuesday, told reporters on Monday that he “wholeheartedly” supports anti-discrimination legislation which would be an important step in securing vital protections for the state’s trans community.

Via the Baltimore Sun:

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 [...] address.

Beyer said the bill will put transgender people in the same protected class as minorities, people with disabilities and people who are gay. The proposed law would make it illegal for anyone deny housing, employment or a loan to a person because they are transgender. Also, transgender people could not be denied access at restaurants, lunch counters — or bathrooms.

O’Malley’s support for such legislation was well publicized following last year’s bias motivated and brutal attack on Chrissy Lee Polis in a Baltimore McDonald’s restaurant.

Last year’s attempts at passing a Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act were shelved on the last day of the legislative session however, after Senate lawmakers voted to recommit the bill rather than vote on it.

The bill had been controversial among trans rights advocates because, while it did offer limited housing protections, full protection in public accommodations had been stripped from the bill. Trans rights groups pointed out that without those protections trans citizens would be left vulnerable and it would be unlikely that lawmakers would be able, or willing, to muster the political energy to remedy this omission at a later date.

Whether the new legislation will suffer this same issue remains to be seen.

To read more background on the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, please click here.

Related Reading:
Maryland Delegate Calls for Trans Anti-Discrimination Bill Following Attack
Maryland Trans Nondiscrimination Bill is Anti-Family? What?!
Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Bill Passes Maryland House

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Stefanie D.
Stefanie D.6 years ago

As long as TRANSPHOBIA (attack on trans-citizens) and HOMOPHOBIA (attack on homo-citizens) PERSISTS... then, of course the ATTENTION and elevated AWARENESS of PHOBIC based ATTACKS remain highlighted at a worldwide basis, to FIGHT it!!!
If YOU are sick and tired of hearing it, it only PROVES you CONDONE such phobic based ATTACKS as the way everyone should be... like YOU. Do something constructive, or just quit your unconstructive whining.

Hannah L.
Hannah L.6 years ago


Hugh M.
Hugh M.6 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Natasha Lopez
Natasha L6 years ago


Tammy S.
Tsmmy S6 years ago

Every one should be afforded the same rights, why that is not common sense is beyond me

Sarah W.
Sarah W.6 years ago

Angela B. Don't worry about my "disgusting" attitude. I'm sick and tired of gays, lesbians and transgendered ALWAYS waiting to be in the spotlight and drawing attention to themselves!!!! You DON'T know me so don't assume I have a hateful attitude!!!!! Don't worry about me because I'm sure not worrying about you. Save your concern for the queers!!!!!!!!

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin6 years ago

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.


Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

Angela Burrow
Angela Burrow6 years ago

Sarah W., what is disgusting is your attitude. I'm more than tired of hearing all the bigotry and hatred spouted from people like you, who want equality for themselves and not for others. You would not hear from most gays, lesbians and transgendered if they didn't have to struggle and fight to be treated as human beings, with the same rights as the rest of society. Just try treating other people with understanding and compassion for once.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

About TIME!