Bustle, an online news, entertainment and lifestyle outlet that is geared toward women, named Maryland as the 11th best state for LGBT rights. D.C. was picked as No.1.
Bustle says: “Maryland has a swathe of laws protecting gay rights, including same-sex marriage; civil partnerships; hate crime legislation for LGBT people; and school discussions of homosexuality.
“However, its long-fought battle for transgender people to be included in anti-discrimination law, the Fairness For All Marylanders bill, has had a very long journey to become law. It just won a narrow victory, and its opponents couldn’t raise the signatures needed to oppose it. (It still won’t be law till October 1, though, so until then we have to penalize it.) On the plus side, transgender people who want to change their birth certificate gender can do so without having to go through gender reassignment surgery first.”
Bustle considered a dozen factors in making the selections. For the complete list of top LGBT states, visit bustle.com.