Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on March 25, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland – A House Committee has passed a bill by a margin of 15-8 which adds both gender identity as well as gender expression to the State Non-Discrimination laws for employment and housing. If it passes the full House, it will then head over to the Senate.
Press Release from Equality Maryland, via JoeMyGod:
House Bill 235 would add gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws in the area of employment, housing, and credit. The subcommittee approved a few non-substantive amendments which the lead sponsor, Equality Maryland, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force all found them to be relatively inconsequential. They committee also modified the definition of gender identity within the bill. This definition will provide protection both for a person’s gender identity, as well as the way in which they express their gender in terms of presentation. Equality Maryland worked with the subcommittee and committee to ensure that both areas would be covered under the bill’s definition.