| Mar 4, 2014
| 12:59 PM
The Maryland Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people.
The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which passed the Senate, 32-15, now goes to the House of Delegates. The measure would expand Maryland's anti-...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Tomi B. Finkle started her law enforcement career with the U.S. Capitol Police in the late 1970s, when she was a man. By the time she retired as a sergeant in 2002, she was ready to begin a new life as a woman.
The Charles County resident continued to...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Beyond the characters, writing and wardrobes, the reason I most enjoy AMC's superb television series "Mad Men" is that it disabuses Americans — whether or not they old enough to remember the nation as it really was 50 years ago — of the...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
For most of his first term in office, President Barack Obama tended to play down race as a factor in his policy decisions. "I'm not the president of black America," he once said, "I'm the president of the United States of America." That unifying message...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Breaking with his past reluctance to tailor policies to specific racial groups, President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a federal program aimed at improving the economic and educational status of young black and Hispanic men.
The initiative, which...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, when the court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections.
Our democracy is built on the basic premise that people —...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:13 PM
A bill that would protect transgender people from discrimination in jobs, housing and other areas gained preliminary approval Friday in the Senate.
Transgender discrimination already is barred by local ordinance in some areas, including Baltimore City,...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Civil rights groups are pressing lawmakers in Annapolis to impose a six-month moratorium on home foreclosures, as the number of cases has surged in Maryland. But a banker's group and the O'Malley administration contend that there's already plenty of...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:27 PM
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith took to his new blog Wednesday to show support for University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who came out publicly Sunday night.
"I would personally like to applaud Michael Sam for being the first in this...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:04 AM
George Takei, speaking by phone from his California home, cannot resist describing the un-wintry view from his window.
"There's a flawless blue sky, golden sunshine and a green garden outside," the Los Angeles-born Takei says in his burnished baritone,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 10:36 AM
These groups meet regularly.
Bereavement Support Group — Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. This group is for adults who are mourning the loss of a loved one. All are welcome. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Room 105, 8300 Old Columbia Road, Fulton. Tracey...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Vladimir Luxuria, Europe's first openly transgender parliamentarian, was reportedly detained twice in Sochi this week for supporting LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics.
Luxuria, a former Communist member of parliament in Italy, was stopped by four men...