Why Don’t You Just Re-Declare Maryland to be a ‘Discrimination-Free Zone’?

Apart, of course, from the fact that even with the removal of the special right of non-trans lesbians, gays and bisexuals to discriminate against trans people under state law, federal employees in Maryland are still not protected….

HRC 2014:

Today the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit, goes into effect.

The law makes Maryland the eighteenth state, along with the District of Columbia, to protect residents and visitors against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.  Since 2011, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Nevada have added gender identity and expression to their state anti-discrimination laws.

Actually, Massachusetts only added gender identity to 2/3 of its anti-discrimination laws – but why would I expect an organization full of people not affected by that (and I count the current crop of trans tokens in that, given their being ensconced in a gold-plated wonderland in which neither the current realities of how real people outside of D.C. live their lives nor troublesome historical facts have any affect on their paychecks) to either know or care about it?

While we celebrate this tremendous advancement today, HRC also dedicates ourselves to the hard work ahead to make life better for all members of the nation’s LGBT community.

You mean like ponying up reparations to all of the pre-current-crop-of-tokens trans people who HRC blacklisted out of Gay, Inc. employment opportunities?

I didn’t think so.

Oh…

Speaking of troublesome historical facts that don’t really seem to have permeated the membranes of any of the current trans tokens, here is HRC 2001:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
HRC CONGRATULATES MARYLAND SENATE FOR VOTING TO END LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Maryland is on the Verge of becoming Twelfth State to Ban Discrimination, Says HRC

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign today congratulated the Maryland state Senate for voting to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, public accommodations and employment. The House is also expected to pass the bill, which would make Maryland the twelfth state to become a discrimination-free zone, according to HRC.

“This is an enormous victory that sends the message that discrimination is not acceptable in Maryland or in society,” said HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch. “We reserve our highest praise for the bill’s sponsors and especially Gov. Parris Glendening who expended political capital and used his moral authority to end this vestige of discrimination.

Thanks to their efforts, along with the tireless work of Maryland’s Free State Justice, literally thousands of workers are one step closer to being able to work without fear in their hearts.”

Has HRC ever specifically apologized for that?

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  1. […] …the same way that it is fair and accurate to say that HRC declared Maryland to be a discrimination-free zone after the state passed a gay-only rights law. […]


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