Monday, March 28, 2011

CALL TO ACTION- Senate Rules Committee

The time is now. We have the chance to make a difference of whether Marylanders are denied full protections or not. The House of Delegates believes its okay to discriminate against members of the transgender and transsexual community in Maryland with respect to our basic human rights.

This is unacceptable. The recent passage of HB 235 in the House of Delegates will legalize discrimination based on gender identity in areas of public accommodations and must be amended or withdrawn.

Join us in this action.

Contact the Senators on the Rules Committee and let them know you do not support the passage of HB235 as written and to amend or withdraw it.

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. KlausmeierChair (410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
Brian E. FroshVice-Chair (410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124
Clicking each member opens a link to their Senate age with email and phone numbers.

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