The Maryland Senate yesterday voted to approve a bill that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or expression. It passed by a 32-15 vote after a short 20-minute debate.
Of course, conservatives who voted against the bill claim it constitutes religious discrimination, but the religious protections they’re looking for already exist. Those who voted for the bill maintain that nobody should be denied a job, housing or other necessities and resources on the basis of their gender identity.
Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery and Howard Counties currently include gender identity and expression in their non-discrimination laws. Hyattsville in December became the first jurisdiction in Prince George’s County to pass a trans-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.
Neighboring Delaware is among the 17 states along with D.C. and Puerto Rico that ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, New York and other states have introduced similar measures.
A House committee is expected to hear arguments on a similar bill today. Yes yes yes, good good good.
If this goes through, Ireland is doing it RIGHT!
Transgender people will be allowed to apply for legal recognition of their acquired gender from the earlier age of 16, under proposals Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will bring to Government tomorrow.
Last summer Ms Burton published the draft heads of the Gender Recognition Bill which will allow transgender people to have their status recognised by the State for all purposes – including the right to marry or enter a civil partnership in the acquired gender.
After the issuing of a gender recognition certificate by the Department of Social Protection, the transgender person will be able to apply for a new birth certificate that recognises his or her acquired gender.
The person has also right to have a birth certificate that recognises his or her acquired gender. This will be done through the issuing of a gender recognition certificate by the Department of Social Protection. The transgender person will then be able to apply for a new birth certificate. However, the original draft legislation recognised those rights for people over the age of 18.
The Bill was then referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Children. Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan also made a submission. Both the committee and Ms Logan recommended that the minimum age for recognition should be lowered from 18 to 16.
The ombudsman’s office argued that the law as it currently stands allows people of 16 or older to consent to medical procedures. If the proposed law did not change its age limits, it would have given rise to a situation where an individual could have a medical transition at age 16 or 17 but not have their acquired gender recognised by the State until the age of 18.
Accordingly, the Government has lowered the age by two years but with the important rider that there is still a requirement for parental consent for persons under 18 (aged 16 or 17).
While these actions and SB 1062’s potential consequences are obviously bigoted and regressive, Jim Crow laws systematized the economic, educational and social disadvantages faced by African-Americans post-Civil War and still today. Labeling Arizona’s bill “gay Jim Crow” feels insensitive, almost like wrongful reclamation.
"I’m glad that Social Security finally came to its senses. I hope this means that other people won’t have to experience this."
After months of advocacy, Lambda Legal announced the Social Security Administration (SSA) paid Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman, the survivor benefits she was denied after her husband’s death.
The agency erroneously denied her benefits after it determined that she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage despite all the legal documents to the contrary.
"We are relieved that Robina’s wait is finally over. The SSA acts in mysterious ways and has not issued a written decision in her case, but we are glad that Robina has finally received the benefits that she was owed. Robina Asti filed her claim with SSA in 2012, Lambda Legal has been advocating on her behalf for months, we created a video that was viewed by almost 175, 000 people, and then, miraculously, on Valentine’s Day, Robina found that SSA had deposited the money she was owed into her account," said Dru Levasseur, Transgender Rights Project director.
"This is great news, but Lambda Legal has received calls from other transgender spouses trapped in SSA limbo, as Robina was. We await changes to SSA policy that would clarify its position on transgender spouses to ensure this does not happen to others, which we are hopeful will soon be released."
"When I saw that the money was in my account, I was so happy. I felt like it was my husband Norwood’s Valentine’s Day gift to me," Asti said. "I’m glad that Social Security finally came to its senses. I hope this means that other people won’t have to experience this."