Howard County considerstrans non-discrimination bill
Four members of the Howard County, Md., Council introduced legislation on Oct. 27that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression in the areasof employment, housing, public accommodations, ﬁnancing, health and social servicesand law enforcement.Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, a statewide transgenderadvocacy group, said supporters believe they have enough votes on the Council to passthe legislation.“All hard-working people in our state, including transgender people, should havea chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families,” said SharonBrackett, board chair for Gender Rights Maryland. “Nobody should have to live in fear thatthey can be legally ﬁred for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance.”Among the bill’s lead supporters is the Howard County chapter of Parents, Familiesand Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).“As parents of transgender children we want the same thing for our children as allparents want: we want them to be happy to get a productive job, and to move out andsupport themselves,” said Catherine Hyde, coordinator of PFLAG Howard County’sTransgender Parent Network.“Discrimination against the transgender community is rampant in Maryland,” she said.“The data shows that one in ﬁve transgender people in Maryland have lost a job becausethey are transgender, and 12 percent have become homeless. This law is a matter of life-or-death for many Marylanders, including my child. It is time for Howard County to sayenough is enough.”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit investigated the following incidents:
• On Oct. 30 in the 300 block of K Street, N.W., a woman called police to have
her girlfriend removed from their house following an argument. No assault tookplace and the complainant was advised on the proper method to get the otherindividual to leave the premises.
• On Oct. 30 in the 100 block of 36th Street, N.E., a man reported that he was
assaulted by his partner. The suspect punched the man in the face with his ﬁst. Thevictim suffered minor injuries in the assault. The suspect ﬂed prior to MPD arrivaland the case remains open.
• On Oct. 30 in the Columbia Heights area, a man reported that he gave his laptop
computer to an individual in exchange for sex and illicit drugs. The man realizedthat after giving his computer away, all of his important login information was onhis laptop. Technology resource information was provided to the complainant.
• On Oct. 30 in the 4600 block of Clay Street, N.E., a woman requested the assistance
of the GLLU regarding a stay away order held against her. The complainant wasarrested several days ago and the judge told her not to contact two victims. Thevictim has been calling the complainant repeatedly. The woman was advised as toher recourses in reference to the ongoing communication incidences.
• On Oct. 27 in the 1200 block of Sumner Road, S.E., a woman reported that while
she was seated in a vehicle an unknown male approached her with a gun andattempted to rob her. She stated that she did not have anything. The suspect thengrabbed the victim’s purse and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. The suspectﬂed the scene after the offense.
• On Oct. 26 in the 1400 block of U Street, N.W., detectives were doing a follow
up on a simple assault investigation from an earlier report. The follow-up revealedthat along with an assault, the suspect used homophobic epithets against thecomplainant. A follow -up report was taken.
• On Oct. 24 at 61st & Dix streets, N.E., a woman reported that she was assaulted by
two suspects who were arrested at the scene.
• On Oct. 19 in the 2700 block of Bruce Place, S.E., police responded to a call for a
drug overdose. A woman had taken an undetermined amount of oxycodone pills.She stated that her girlfriend of three years wanted to separate and she didn’twant to live without her. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
• On Oct. 18 in the 100 block of Xenia Street, S.E., a woman reports that she
observed a female and male engaged in an argument. The woman reported thatshe intervened verbally, defending the female. The suspect then called her ananti-gay epithet and moments later struck her in the face with a closed ﬁst. Thewoman was transported to a local hospital for a laceration to her face. A reportwas taken for simple assault, bias related.
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, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, said she is conﬁdent Howard Countyhas the votes to pass a transgender non-bias bill.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
NAACP’S Bond endorsesMaryland marriage effort
Former NAACP president and civil rights leader JulianBond became the latest public ﬁgure to appear in a videoendorsing a soon-to-be-introduced same-sex marriage
equality bill in the Maryland Legislature.“As Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP I know a little
something about ﬁghting for what’s right and just,” Bondsays in the video. “Gay and lesbian couples in Marylandhave the same values as everyone else: love, commitmentand stable families.”Sultan Shakir, campaign manager for the same-sexmarriage advocacy coalition Marylanders for Marriage
Equality, said Bond’s participation in the video campaign
helps promote the message that all committed couples inMaryland should be protected under the law.
“We are grateful such an icon has lent his voice to the
campaign at a time when momentum builds for marriage
equality in the Free State,” Shakir said.
A same-sex marriage bill died in the MarylandLegislature earlier this year, but advocates say theyare hopeful they have the support to pass it after the
legislature convenes for its 2012 session in January.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley kicked off the videocampaign last month. Baltimore Ravens linebackerBrendon Ayanbadejo and Baltimore native and
Academy Award-winner Mo’Nique recorded their ownvideos endorsing the marriage equality bill a short
time later.Bond states in his video that gays and lesbians “shouldhave the same right to marry as the rest of us. Join me and
the people in Maryland who support marriage equality. It’s
the right thing to do.”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.