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Maryland Trans Rights Bill to Become Law

A bill that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity in education, housing, and public accommodations has passed the Maryland House and has gone to Governor Martin O’Malley, who is expected to sign the bill into law. 

Maryland"After more than 15 years of advocacy for trans Marylanders, the tremendous work by all of our legislative champions, and the solid support of the leadership in Annapolis, history was made today. The House of Delegates sent the same loud and clear message the Maryland Senate did: Every Marylander deserves equal rights under the law. We welcome the Governor’s promised signature and the full and successful implementation of this bill," said Jenna Fischetti of TransMaryland, an MCTE coalition member.

The Advocate reports that opponents of the bill often derogatorily referred to it as a “bathroom bill,” playing on unfounded fears of men pretending to be transgender in order to access women’s facilities. Republican delegates unsuccessfully attempted to delay the bill through procedural motions and multiple amendments that would have removed all references to public accommodations.

A campaign to repeal the law through public referendum is also expected, according to Metro Weekly.

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  1. It's a shame considering that trans activists in Maryland urged legislators and voters to defeat marriage equality. They try to hurt us and we help them. Insane.

    Anyway, Maryland has a right to referendum and the threshold to get on the ballot is low. So I suspect this will be voted on in a referendum in November and I can tell you I will not vote to approve it.

    Posted by: Debs | Mar 27, 2014 8:29:33 PM

  2. Marylanders, google "Colleen Francis" and make sure you are sitting down when you do!

    Posted by: Ernst Delahunt | Mar 27, 2014 8:34:56 PM

  3. Bravo, Maryland. Protections for trans people shouldn't threaten rational people, yet the ignorant and irrational will no doubt begin the fear mongering campaign now.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 27, 2014 8:53:52 PM

  4. "unfounded fears of men pretending to be transgender in order to access women’s facilities"

    I take issue with this. If you are woman it can be scary to end up in a bathroom with someone you perceive as a man regardless if its a tranny or some creep. I have known women who have been raped - not date raped - but forcibly taken, violently raped and they weren't sure they would even live thru the experience. Even now years latter something can trigger their PTSD.

    Women using a bathroom have an expectation that they are in a women's only environment. They shouldn't have to try and figure out if the dude is just a transvestite, some degree of tranny or the next Ted Bundy.

    This is an honest issue some women have and it shouldn't be poo poo'd.

    Remember, just because the trans person thinks they are male or female doesn't mean the rest of the world actually does.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 27, 2014 9:01:02 PM

  5. Here, folks, lemme save you some googling on Colleen Francis:

    Even if you already looked her up, you probably want to read that link. The story may not be as simplistic as transphobes want you to think.

    Debs, would you care to post any sort of substantiation of your claims? Because I've heard people make that same statement for quite some time now and they can never back it up with credible evidence.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 9:10:23 PM

  6. Probably a lot of you guys haven't been in a women's bathroom. It seems that they don't stand up to pee. They carry on their business in individual cubicles. Really hard to see what is the problem and the reason of objection.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 27, 2014 9:26:32 PM

  7. Homo Genius, can you cite statistics of transwoman on woman rape in women's bathrooms to justify your serious concern? That would be really interesting to see. By your same reasoning, I could say that if I were a straight man that it would be scary to end up in a bathroom with a gay man that might forcibly take me and violently rape me. See? Equally ridiculous.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 27, 2014 9:57:48 PM

  8. Pro-trans but mocking rape of women? Only on Towleroad...

    Posted by: Knock | Mar 27, 2014 10:50:15 PM

  9. What Maryland just got: any man can claim to be a "transwoman" and get access to a women's shelter. This is what happened in Toronto:

    "TORONTO - A convicted sexual predator who falsely claimed to be transgender and preyed on women at two Toronto shelters could be declared a dangerous offender this month.

    Christopher Hambrook — who claimed to be a transgender woman named Jessica — has attacked four vulnerable females between the ages of five and 53 in Montreal and Toronto over the past 12 years.

    Justice John McMahon will decide Feb. 26 whether to declare Hambrook a dangerous offender, which carries an indefinite prison sentence.

    Hambrook, 37, pleaded guilty in February 2013 to two counts of sexual assault and one count of criminal harassment involving two women — a deaf and homeless Quebec woman and a Toronto survivor of domestic violence — while he was living at a Dundas St. W. shelter and the Fred Victor women’s shelter in January and February 2012.
    * * *
    The first victim, a deaf and homeless woman from Quebec, checked into the Fred Victor shelter on Jan. 8, 2012. Hambrook had been staying there as “Jessica” since Dec. 23, 2011. She was soon terrorized by Hambrook’s unwanted advances.

    Hambrook wrote notes to the woman in French and learned both were smokers. Then, his notes took a creepy turn.

    “He asked her if she preferred men and if she wanted a sex change. She started to feel uncomfortable around ‘Jessica’ and was nervous about her behaviour,” said Crown attorney Danielle Carbonneau, reading an agreed statement of facts when Hambrook entered his guilty plea in February 2013.

    Hambrook made several unwanted sexual advances toward the woman over the next two or three days. He tried to isolate her in various rooms and she kept rebuffing him as she felt he was stalking her, court heard.

    Hambrook stopped her once, grabbed her hand and placed it on his crotch. She yanked her hand away and said, “No.” Hambrook started talking about her breasts and invited her to touch his “fake breasts (he had none).” She became scared and had trouble sleeping as his room was across the hall.

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 27, 2014 10:54:40 PM

  10. Regarding Colleen Francis, here's just one of many news stories:

    "TheDrDonna" wants to steer you to a trans activist site so you can read some one-sided propaganda and drink some more of their Kool Aid. They are desperate to keep LGBs docile and deceived. But it is better to get the facts from actual news sources and learn the truth about what it really means to be joined at the hip to "T".

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 27, 2014 10:59:09 PM

  11. Transgender people shouldn't have rights because someone who falsely claimed to be transgender preyed on someone? Interesting theory of justice, Sharon.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 27, 2014 11:11:18 PM

  12. Sharon, what happened to being an HBSer? Or are you just a BSer? By your logic, no gay men should have rights either because of Colin Ireland.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 27, 2014 11:27:10 PM

  13. Sharon:
    As Ernie said, it is really puzzling. It can be any man who had the intention to do so. Next you can forbid lesbians to enter a woman bathroom.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 27, 2014 11:55:13 PM

  14. Ernie:

    He was a man. That's the whole point. All he had to do to get access to the shelter was say "I'm really a transwoman!". At that point, the shelter had no choice but to let him in. Didn't matter that he had no medical records. Didn't matter that he had not had surgery. Heck, he could have been male in every aspect of his presentation, but if he says he's a woman, then the women's shelter has to open the door. And 4 women were raped as a result. This is insanity and it all imposed because of the selfish demands of trans activists.

    It is crazy for transgender activists to keep claiming that no one is harmed when facilities can no longer make judgments about who is a man and who is a woman based on criteria other than someone's say-so. Can there be some other arrangement that gives trans activists their precious "rights" while still protecting women? Maybe, but that isn't what these activists want. I certainly hope that the commenter above is right and that this goes on the ballot. Then we can see the trans activists explain why 4 raped women is no big deal.

    Posted by: Sharon | Mar 28, 2014 2:30:10 AM

  15. @Homo Genius: This is an honest issue some women have and it shouldn't be poo poo'd. Shouldn't be poo poo'd, especially in the toilet!

    Posted by: BillyExPat | Mar 28, 2014 2:58:28 AM

  16. Interesting how story on trans equality are always hijacked by 1-2 posters w/several different usernames, making the same comments, over and over again.

    Congrats, Maryland.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 28, 2014 3:51:47 AM

  17. What relevance does this story have to LGB people.

    It's time to have a serious discussion about setting the T community free from the shackles of LGBT.

    Their struggle is not the LGB struggle and LGBT helps no-one.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 28, 2014 6:28:26 AM

  18. The unease over whether T issues should be included with LGB issues is NOT confined to 1 or 2 posters with several aliases.

    There is some slight overlap between our issues. That is all.

    It's time to separate the T for LGB and wish them well on their journey.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 28, 2014 9:21:51 AM

  19. @Sharon: Many of the people seeking to enter shelters have mental health issues, violence issues, substance abuse issues etc. Shelters have to make difficult judgments every day, and undoubtedly they make poor ones some days. This non-trans person should not have been let in as a man or a woman, but using one non-trans person's criminal behavior to justify your animosity towards trans people is irrational. It would be like saying gay people should be stripped of rights because someone pretending to be gay did something criminal.

    The truth is greater protections for trans people help trans people and have little effect on non-trans people's lives. Look at the places with full LGBT-protections (I live in two of them) and you'll find that the horror stories you point to are aberrations at best, and the kind of fear mongering usually left to zealous anti-gay organizations (all of whom are also anti-trans).

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 28, 2014 10:28:23 AM

  20. Ernie, your responses are the most extreme demonstration of male privilege I have seen. "Little effect on non-trans people's lives"? 4 women were RAPED. Do you understand that? Do you care? What a vile misogynist you are Ern.

    And your sermon about mental health issues is further proof of your insensitivity to women. Do you know how women's shelters work, Ernie? Have you ever bothered to educate yourself? They don't have psychiatrists on stand-by to do psych evaluations on everyone who shows up at the door at 2 am fleeing a violent partner. They take women in and give them shelter. Saying that the Toronto shelter should have denied the rapist entry because of mental health issues is completely irrelevant to the real world, because unless he is threatening to the door staff when he first arrives, there is no way to determine whether or to what extent there are mental health issues.

    If there had been no trans law, the shelter in Toronto could have taken a look at this guy and said "Sorry, but you are a man and this is a women's shelter." Instead, trans activist "gender theory" was imposed on the shelter and they had to deny their own eyes and ears and accept this rapist's claim to be a woman. The result is 4 rapes - something you say had "little impact". F^ck you misogynist.

    Posted by: Amy | Mar 28, 2014 12:27:18 PM

  21. the anti-trans commenter, using various female screen names, is actually our site's resident MALE cowardly troll.

    irony, eh? how he poses as a woman to make his bigoted non-points?

    it's ok. he poses as a man online, too. when in reality, he's neither man nor woman. troll eunuchs are genderless, sexless, loveless, worthless.

    thanks for sharing. chug bleach.

    solidarity and support to our trans brothers and sisters. ALWAYS.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 28, 2014 12:44:14 PM

  22. Oh, God. Rick has created another posting name: AMY.

    What the are trying to prove with all these different posting names? You think there's going to be remake of "Three Faces of Eve."

    You can't have the original Joanne Woodward part....even if you dress up as "Enchantra". You're too f.ckin' old.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 28, 2014 12:46:04 PM

  23. @Amy: A trans person did not prey on or rape those women. A rapist did. You are holding trans people accountable for the crimes of others.

    You're basically saying that anyone who supports a bill that outlaws discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a misogynist and if a supporter is male, he's full of male privilege, too. It's the same sort of simpleminded hysteria the religious right has long used to deprive people of color, women, and gay people of civil rights protections.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 28, 2014 1:05:57 PM

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