Ordinance discriminates against ex-gays

In a recent article ("Transgender bias ban approved," Feb. 22), Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk describes his sexual orientation and gender identity bill as a "human rights bill" which he sponsored because "everyone deserves to be treated fairly." Yes, everyone but the ex-gay community.

As the only sexual orientation that is consistently discriminated against in Baltimore County, ex-gays asked Mr. Quirk to include former homosexuals in his bill which protects homosexuals and bisexuals. But the councilman ignored our pleas and refused to make an appointment to see us. He will speak to people who have changed their gender identity but not to those who have changed their sexual orientation.

Evidently, the law is not about protecting people from discrimination but about giving preferred treatment to a special interest group, which is not what our country and county are about.

Unless the law is amended, it must be overturned on referendum because it is discriminatory on its face and does not serve the purpose its sponsors claim.

Regina Griggs

The writer is executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays.

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