THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE: Trans bill passes – no bathroom exclusion! See below. ] The Baltimore County transgender anti-discrimination bill will be voted on next week by council members and at this point it appears they may be willing to pass a bill with protection against housing, jobs and public places discrimination, provided public restrooms and locker rooms are exempted from coverage.
Concerns from Baltimore County constituents about “men preying on women” have some on the council holding out for the bathroom exemption even though these concerns are not based on fact, never mind the danger trans people face if they’re forced to use the wrong restrooms.
Once again we’re seeing transgender rights stripped down to a “bathroom bill”. We’ve got to nip this trend in the bud, or else we’ll find ourselves protected, but with no safe bathroom or locker room to use.
I urge Baltimore County trans people and allies to continue to contact their councilors and insist bathrooms are included in the bill and that their fears are unfounded!
UPDATE 2-21-12: Transgender bill passes – no bathroom exclusion! http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-co-transgender-vote-20120221,0,5363569.story
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