I find that I cannot sit idly by while a county department head vacillates on yet another issue and an elected official plays to the fears of the citizens with inaccurate depictions of a small minority portion of the citizenry.
Maryland, like 34 other states, lacks laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity – laws that would protect transgender people and others who transgress traditional notions of male and female.
Nearly a year after one of the nation's most high-profile assaults on a transgender person happened at a Baltimore County McDonald's, the County Council is considering legislation to ban discrimination based on gender identity.
The 23-year-old transgendered woman whose videotaped beating in a Rosedale McDonald's went viral over the Internet is facing a disorderly conduct charge after an argument with a police officer in Baltimore County.
Advocates pushing for laws barring discrimination against transgender individuals are looking to local jurisdictions after suffering a defeat in the state legislature and a brutal attack on a woman at a Baltimore County McDonald's last spring.
The guilty plea Thursday by one of two assailants in the terrible beating of a transgender woman at a Rosedale McDonald's provides not only justice for the victim but also an important message for a community that is still marginalized in this state.