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PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Moving Equality Forward
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Several Members of PFLAG Howard County including Heath Goisovich and Catherine Hyde, approached Howard County Council members last summer about the inclusion of “Gender Identity and Expression” among the county’s protected classes in the nondiscrimination ordinance. A back and forth over the language of the bill took place involving Gender Rights Maryland and the bill was written to garner four of the five council members as cosponsors.

A hearing was held on November 21, 2011 a Monday night. Aproximately

75 people attended the hearing where 20 spoke in support, 3 spoke against while 70 supporters wore purple. Among those testifying were representatives of PFLAG, Gender Rights Maryland, Equality Maryland, GLSEN, HRC, Nation Gay & Lesbian Task Force, The League of Women Voters and others.

On December 5th Howard County became the third Maryland jurisdiction to add gender indentity protections with a vote of the 4 infavor and 1 against. Baltimore passed the first ordinance in 2001 and Montgomery County followed in 2007.

Supporters are hoping for the introduction and passge of statewide legisaltion in the 2012 Maryland General Assembly Legislative session.

PFLAG encourages you  to volunteer some energy to getting this legislation passed this year. Training is available. Please contact us if you wish to volunteer.

pflagbaltimorecounty@gmail.com or  pflagcarroll@gmail.co,

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