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19 Organizations Come Together to Pursue Trans Equality
January 2, 2013
Maryland — Nineteen local, state and national organizations
have joined with individual activists to form the Maryland Coalition for Trans*
Equality, in the most broadly based effort the state has ever seen for trans* rights.
The formation of the coalition represents the fruition of a year of intensive outreach,
organizing, listening and discussion.
MCTE’s mission is to advance equal rights for transgender,
transsexual, and gender non-conforming (trans*) people in Maryland through shared
leadership, collaborative decision making processes, and resources.
Over the spring and summer of 2012 MCTE held several listening
sessions across the state. Through these sessions MCTE asked community members to
share their vision of progress for trans people in the state. Attendees articulated a clear demand for a broader
coalition to do this work. Acting on that Directive MCTE has brought together numerous
organizations working for equality and justice in Maryland.
“Equality Maryland embraces doing this vital work in a coalition
that has trans individuals at the center of decision making. We witnessed the power
of a coalition winning and preserving marriage equality and we are confident this
model will succeed for trans equality,” comments Equality Maryland’s Executive Director,
“For too long trans people of color, who disproportionately
experience discrimination and harassment, have been on the sidelines of the trans
equality movement. With our inclusion in MCTE the needs of trans people of color
will be recognized, heard and addressed,” comments Vann Michael Millhouse, Community
Board of Directors, MD/DC State Representative, Black Transmen, Inc.
Linda Mahoney, President of Maryland NOW affirms, “The National
Organization for Women is committed to fighting discrimination in all of its forms.
This included discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Our alliance
with MCTE is one way we will continue to work to ensure transgender people in Maryland
can live their lives with dignity and security.”
Donna Cartwright, Secretary of the Baltimore Washington Chapter
of Pride @ Work said, “Pride @ Work has worked for many years in Maryland to achieve
trans equality and we are happy to work with all of these organizations to achieve
legal equality for trans Marylanders.”
(as of 01.01.13)
ACLU of Maryland
Baltimore Black Pride
Black Trans Men
CASA de Maryland Coalitions in Action for Transgender Community Health (CATCH) Equality Maryland
FreeState Legal Project
Gender Empowerment Maryland (GEM)
Human Rights Campaign
Maryland Black Family Alliance
Maryland NOW (National Organization for Women)
National Gay and Lesbian Task
Pride At Work, Baltimore-Washington Chapter
Trans People of Color Coalition
Unitarian Universalist Legislative
Ministry of Maryland