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Today, testimony was to be heard by the Maryland Senate “on a measure that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people.” The proposition, Bill 566, would prohibit discrimination “based on gender identity with regard to public accommodations, housing, and employment.”

If passed, Maryland would join thirteen other states and the District of Columbia in protecting transgender citizens. The D.C. Human Rights Act was amended to add protections for “gender identity and expression” in 2006, but District institutions are still ironing out the hick-ups.