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Measure struck down in 6-5 vote

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Maryland state Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-District 41) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A Maryland state Senate committee on Thursday struck down a bill that would have banned anti-transgender discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

The 6-5 vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee came slightly more than two weeks after it held a hearing on Senate Bill 449 — the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013 — that state Sens. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) and Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) introduced.

Raskin along with state Sens. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County,) Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City,) Jennie Forehand (D-Montgomery County) and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) voted for SB 449. Senators Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,) C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,) Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,) James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,) Christopher Shank (R-Washington County) and Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties) opposed it.

“Despite months of hard work by our broad coalition of supporters, key committee members were unwilling to advance the promise of equality under the law to the transgender community,” Madaleno said in an e-mail he sent to his constituents after the vote. “A majority of committee members were unwilling to pass a bill that prohibited discrimination by restaurants, theaters, hotels, shopping centers and other places of public accommodations. Their lack of understanding and empathy for their fellow Marylanders is appalling.”

Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, also expressed outrage.

“Bigotry won the day, and I say that because the sponsor bent over backward to assuage the concerns of his Democratic colleagues,” she told the Washington Blade. “None of it was good enough, nor did they then offer any solution themselves other than to strip out public accommodations protections entirely.”

“It is terribly disappointing the committee failed to stand up for fairness and protect transgender Marylanders,” Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans added.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, and other SB 449 opponents testified against the measure during the Feb. 26 committee hearing.

“This bill will force the state and private actors — employers, landlords and others who provide public services — to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality,” Sprigg said. “Not only will it not makes their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better.”

The state House of Delegates in 2011 passed a trans rights bill, but a similar measure died in a Senate committee last year.

Governor Martin O’Malley, who signed Baltimore City’s trans rights ordinance into law in 2002 when he was mayor, told the Washington Blade last month he was “absolutely” reaching out to state lawmakers to encourage them to support SB 449. State Del. Bonnie Cullison (D-Montgomery County) and other gay state lawmakers with whom the Blade spoke after the committee’s Feb. 26 hearing stressed the passage of last November’s referendum on the same-sex marriage law O’Malley signed had provided a foundation of support upon which they thought the measure could have passed.

Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller (D-Prince George’s and Calvert Counties) also backed SB 449.

“It is now 14 years since transgender protections were stripped from LGBT anti-discrimination legislation by the General Assembly,” Donna Cartwright of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality said. “It’s long past time for the legislature to take meaningful action to address the severe discrimination and disadvantage that trans people face.”

Baltimore County, of which Brochin represents portions in Annapolis, along with Montgomery and Howard Counties and Baltimore City have already adopted trans-inclusive non-discrimination laws.

“[Brochin] had at least 1,000 constituents contact him asking him to support this bill,” Evans said. “Despite this, he turned his back on these voters. It ironic that transgender people in his own district [Baltimore County] have protections yet he wouldn’t cast a vote to extend these protections to individuals in the 20 counties that aren’t so fortunate.”

Sixteen states and D.C. currently ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Madaleno and other SB 449 supporters vow they will continue to fight to protect trans Marylanders from discrimination.

“This fight is not over, and together we continue undeterred on our path to full equality and freedom for all,” Madaleno said.

“Equality Maryland will come back every year until transgender Marylanders are afforded the right to be free from discrimination in their jobs, homes, and places of public accommodations,“ added Evans.

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  1. Cathy Brennan

    March 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Good news. Hopefully, Equality Maryland will next time support a bill that more carefully balances the rights of women and trans women.

    • Christine Faith Spencer

      March 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Trans women are women.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      No, they are not.

    • Camila Munayki Quiroz

      March 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Yes, we are transgender women.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      That's nice. You are not women.

    • Scout Kitmin Hcs Gerain

      March 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      excellent.

    • Bion Niederkohr

      March 15, 2013 at 12:11 am

      just like gay marriage isn't "real" marriage (or divorce as the case may be.. right Cathy?)

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Women don't have penises. Sorry biology oppresses you.

    • Jaryn Lenore LaFiore

      March 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Cathy Brennan There are biologic women born with a penis, and born without either. You sound like a terrible person, that would mock someone for being born different from you.

      I remember there was a girl in my highschool, people found out she was a hermaphrodite, and the poor girl was tormented. Over whats between her legs. You are one of those people cathy, and you are part of the problem. But just like you had to get used to black people not being worth less than you, and gay people getting married and not being a sickness *the leading reason at the time*, now you have to get used to people who don't fit into your world view of gender binaries. The Vice resident already said that trans folks are the next civil rights movement that needs to be addressed and in full force. Everyone has the right to lead and pursue a happy life.

      Even if you can't stand the idea of them being happy with who they are, and then of them as she males and what ever other hateful speech you want, the fact is still the same. You have no right to treat those people in a way that holds them back from pursuing happiness.

      you sick freak

    • Molly Carpenter

      March 15, 2013 at 2:21 am

      It's easy to say trans women aren't women if you don't know any. Can you honestly say you do?

    • Bayne MacGregor

      March 15, 2013 at 5:49 am

      How do we determine the midpoint of that balance? Based on statistics of being victims of violence, sexual assault, discrimination etc as bad as Cis women are treated by society Trans women are treated even worse. Those stats do suggest greater degrees of affirmative action are required to ensure true equality for Trans women though its clear you meant something more the opposite.

    • Lauren Ann Avancena

      March 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Hey BIGOT! You're an idiot for trying to slight trans-women with your twisted little photo showing just how sick you really are. Go back to the Family Research Council and spread more hate!

    • Zoe Ellen Brain

      March 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      http://endablog2.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/500.png

      Maryland politicians are cheap. She just rented herself one.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      "There are biologic women born with a penis" = No.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Molly, I know lots of trans women. Most normal trans women don't think they are actually female.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Lauren, wtf are you talking about? Are you saying it is bigoted to know that women don't have penises? Are you a lesbian?

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Zoe, the political process is open and transparent. No matter how many times trans activists attempt to bully Lesbians into submission, we are still here. No matter how many times you gaslight Women with your "womanly penis" bullshit, Women don't co-sign your bullshit. And, it turns out, many Men don't either. Hooray for democracy.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Zoe, don't post shit from Otto's page here, he is a violent freak.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      "Those stats do suggest greater degrees of affirmative action are required to ensure true equality for Trans women though its clear you meant something more the opposite." Bayne, I have never disputed that trans women aren't subjected to violence. However, I dispute that (1) that trans women suffer more than women and (2) that fucking over women legislatively will FIX that problem. Trans women are victimized, predominantly, by MEN (just like women). Stop fucking over women in your quest to end violence by MEN. http://nametheproblem.com/?s=transgender

    • Emelye Waldherr

      March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Adding gender identity to a nondiscrimination law is not, "fucking over women legislatively," to use your colorful terms, Ms Brennan. There's not one shred of credible evidence that including it harms anyone but those who want to continue to oppress and marginalize women who don't fit some arbitrary definition based on animus and expired medical assumptions.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, actually there is lots of "credible evidence" that the additions of these protections eliminates the ability of women to meet as women and to have space away from male bodied people.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      You either care about this or you don't. I know you don't care about it. Many Women and Men do.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      "arbitrary definition based on animus and expired medical assumptions" -> No, it's not arbitrary that humans beings are sexually dimorphic. It exists.

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Further, the definition of gender identity promulagted by the GLBT orgs is subjective. Anyone can claim it. We suggested narrowing the definition. You should do that.

    • Kate Riley-Bruce

      March 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

      I see you're still thriving on tearing others down. Classy!

    • Kate Riley-Bruce

      March 16, 2013 at 12:14 am

      P.S.- not all men or male-bodied folk are rapists, get over it! Aren't you too old for this man-hating bullshit?

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Kate, it doesn't tear anyone down to know trans women are male, and its not "man hating" to know only men rape. How many lesbophobic tropes can you drag out? Your politics are conservative and anti-feminist. Enjoy!

  2. Camila Munayki Quiroz

    March 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    For these Maryland Senators, we transgender people should endure discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation:

    – Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County,).
    – C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County,).
    – Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil and Harford Counties,).
    – James Brochin (D-Baltimore County,).
    – Christopher Shank (R-Washington County).
    – Joseph Getty (R-Baltimore and Carroll Counties).

    This is so unfortunate, hopefully by next year this bill will be passed.

  3. Jaryn Lenore LaFiore

    March 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Trans women are Trans-gendered.
    cis-women are not Trans-gendered.

    Both are women, but the part that blows my mind is… why do we need laws to protect them as separate groups at all in the 1st place? Or even women and men? If you are human you should be protected from discriminatory behavior.

    By becoming openly gay did anyone ever lose their job? Yes and they had to fight for protections, but even people asked the same question. Shouldn't it have nothing to do with gender in the 1st place?

    Why doesn't our country at ever level protect every person in this country regardless of even their name equally?

    Just someone remind me why it's ok to discriminate?

    • Cathy Brennan

      March 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Trans women are men.

    • Jaryn Lenore LaFiore

      March 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Bigot

    • Jaryn Lenore LaFiore

      March 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Cathy Brennan and that makes it ok to refuse service to someone at a restaurant? To not give someone a house or to fire them from a job?

      God forbid you weren't born with a hormonal disorder or XXY.

    • Brooks Austin

      March 15, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Why are some people who supposedly oppose discrimination so bothered by legislation that protects specific members of society?

    • Lauren Ann Avancena

      March 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Cathy Brennan=a man in bridal gown on FACEBOOK? Bitch you're sick.

    • Lauren Ann Avancena

      March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Cathy (The Bigot) Brennan- TRANSWOMEN are WOMEN. Do you know the first thing about transgenderism? No you don't. If my brain is the same as yours then I'm the same as you, minus the hate of course.

    • Zoe Ellen Brain

      March 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Yes, but she knows who to pay off, and has the money to do it.

      http://endablog2.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/500.png

    • Trans and Proud

      March 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

      We NEED laws to protect them because they’re physically assaulted and beaten on a daily basis! It’s so simple that even YOU should understand.

    • Jed Blue

      March 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Congratulations, Cathy Brenna, you're a bigot.

  4. Jennifer McCreath

    March 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    once again, Maryland proves itself to be among the most transphobic parts of the USA….

    • Ron Wm Dunster

      March 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Must be slow like some Eurasian-Countries or even backwards.

  5. Byrgen Finkelman

    March 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Damn; who can argue against civil rights and sleep at night?

  6. Trans and Proud

    March 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The HATERS were back in Maryland to testify against equal protections. How does that work? The FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, an known hate group, testifies at senate hearings? Why not just allow serial killers to testify then? Hatred is the only goal of the FSC and maryland senators actually listen to that shit. Lies, lies and more lies.

    Where’s that guy that tried to shoot them downtown? I’d like to pay for his release.

  7. Trans and Proud

    March 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I hope this list of Senators has someone to start their cars for them.

  8. Trans and Proud

    March 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

    If you have to ask why Maryland needs laws to protect trans-women & men, then you’ve been asleep in a cave for that past 100 years.

  9. Emelye Waldherr

    March 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    's sad to see people who should know better getting into bed with right wing radical extremist hate groups like the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values coalition, to name a couple. 's even sadder when politicians who should know better agree with them. As usual, money talks louder than justice in American politics.

  10. Peter rosenstein

    March 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I agree with Dana Beyer that bigots won the day but their time is coming to an end they are clearly on the wrong side of history.

  11. Dr. Mekah Gordon

    March 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Anyone, who preys upon people’s fears and prejudices, utilizing them as a political tool, for a discriminatory agenda, abandoning a humanistic approach, for Diversity Sensitivity, Understanding, & Respect, must lack the ability to love themselves, thereby blaming others, for their diminished self-esteem.
    Next time you decide to discriminate & judge others, try looking at yourself in the mirror and realize, just how imperfect you are.

  12. Dr. Mekah Gordon

    March 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Anyone, who preys upon others, utilyzing fear and prejudicial acts of hate as a political tool, for a discriminatory agenda, abandoning a humanistic approach, for Diversity Sensitivity, Understanding, & Respect, must lack the ability to love themselves, thereby blaming others, for their diminished self-esteem.
    Next time you decide to discriminate & judge others, try looking at yourself in the mirror and realize, just how imperfect you are.

  13. Lanorexic

    March 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Once again the far right is wrong but their money bought the influence of the Maryland Senate committee members. When the Maryland House passed a trans-protections bill in 2011 but the Senate refuses to recognize the plight of trans people I have to wonder if these Senators are just blind or stupid. Sen. Brochin had over 1,000 constituents contact urging him to support this bill but he ignored them. How is that representing the voters that put you in office?

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