December 3, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Hyattsville City Council passes trans-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Gay News, Washington Blade, Carrie Evans, Gay Maryland

Equality Maryland Executive DirectorCarrie Evans (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Hyattsville City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance that bans anti-LGBT discrimination in the Prince George’s County municipality.

City Councilmember Patrick Paschall, who is policy counsel for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, introduced the proposal that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and other factors. His colleagues approved it by a 9-0 margin.

Hyattsville is the first jurisdiction in Prince George’s County to ban anti-trans discrimination.

“I’m incredibly proud of the city of Hyattsville,” Paschall told the Washington Blade.

Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans also testified in support of the ordinance.

“Passing this ordinance in Hyattsville will make a measureable difference in people’s lives,” she said.

Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery Counties have also banned discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

A Maryland Senate committee in March struck down a bill that would have prohibited anti-trans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation statewide.

The Human Rights Campaign in October announced it would match up to $25,000 in donations to Equality Maryland in support of efforts to pass a statewide anti-trans discrimination bill.

The Hyattsville ordinance will take effect on Dec. 22.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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