The next stage in the fight for transgender civil rights in Maryland began recently with the formation of Gender Rights Maryland. The organization launched on June 23rd with the goal to pass state legislation protecting transgender people.
Dana Beyer, volunteer executive director of GRM and board member of NCTE, spoke in an interview with the Washington Blade about what seems to be a strong beginning for the new group: “There was a nice broad spectrum of people there and it was very inspiring. There was definitely a sense that this was a historic event. There’s never been a trans-focused politically directed organization in Maryland before.”
The formation of Gender Rights Maryland comes at an important time. A recent bill aimed at ending trans discrimination in Maryland failed by only one vote, and the beating of a young transgender woman in a Baltimore McDonalds has shown our country the tragic consequences of transphobia. This is a time when a strong push could ensure the increased protection of transgender people and the furthering of the movement as a whole.
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