Dear Senator [ insert Senator's name ] ,
All of Maryland's protected classes deserve full and equal protection under the law. The civil rights movement in our country was founded to protect rights in public accommodations. Transgender and transsexual people experience grave abuses when accessing everyday goods and essential services, from retail stores and buses to police and court systems. From disrespect and refusal of service to harassment and violence, this mistreatment in so many settings contributes to severe social marginalization and safety risk.
HB 235 serves to perpetuate this by creating a further inequity in Maryland in which residents in Montgomery County and Baltimore City have full protections in their everyday lives, but the rest of the state is forced to suffer dire consequences. There is a member of the transgender and transsexual community murdered every 3 months just because of how they were born.
Please vote to end this needless loss of life, please amend HB 235 to include public accommodations or vote an unfavorable report. The life you save may be mine,
Respectfully yours,[your name]
Katherine A. Klausmeier, Chair (410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
Brian E. Frosh, Vice-Chair (410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124