Transgender Law Center applauds the advocates and lawmakers in Maryland that today won nondiscrimination protections for transgender people through the passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. Once Governor O’Malley signs the bill, the “Free State” will join the 17 other states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia that have passed laws to expressly bar discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing, and other contexts.
Legal Director Ilona Turner stated, “We congratulate the tireless advocates and allies who have worked tenaciously for the last eight years to win these critical protections. As a Maryland native, I’m particularly proud that my home state is standing up for fair treatment for all people, including transgender people. Transgender people experience extremely high rates of discrimination and harassment, which leads to vastly disproportionate rates of unemployment and poverty. This law will remove some of those barriers and make it easier for transgender Marylanders to support themselves and their families without fear of unfair bias.”