Laws and policies alone won't end the bias, discrimination and violence that many LGBTQ people face. At FreeState Justice, where we provide free legal services for LGBTQ Marylanders with low or limited incomes, we receive more than 400 requests for legal assistance a year for issues stemming from discrimination in everything from housing to employment to health care. These are our children, our family, our neighbors and our friends. And too frequently, this discrimination comes in the form of violence. Within the past few years, Alphonza Watson, Keyonna Blakeney, and Zella Ziona, all transgender women of color, were murdered in Maryland. Just a few weeks ago, a transgender woman of color was shot in the face with a BB gun in Baltimore City. The police are investigating it as a hate crime.