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Stop Howard County, Maryland Peeping Tom Legislation

Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government

November 15, 2011

Hot off the press, we bring you news of a proposed new  "Gender Identity Law" in Howard County!   Similar to the Montgomery County experience, Howard County councilmembers are more interested in forcing  "Peeping Tom" legislation on their constituents and forcing them to deny reality than in protecting women and children's privacy and safety rights. 

See the Equality and Justice Press release below for more details.    

The bill will be "heard" at 7:30 PM on Monday, November 21, 2011. 

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News Advisory: November 15, 2011

Contact: Greg Quinlan, Equality and Justice For All






Maryland Council Urged to Reject Dangerous Gender Confusion Law


Howard County, Maryland -- Equality and Justice For All, a newly formed grassroots organization promoting fair and equitable laws for formerly gender confused individuals (ex-transgenders),  ex-gays, and the heterosexual population, today urged the Howard County Council to reject legislation imposing gender confusion on Marylanders in Howard County.



"Under the guise of 'civil rights,' the Council would force Marylanders to deny gender," said Greg Quinlan, President of Equality and Justice For All. "Men who dress as women would be allowed to use public facilities like women's bathrooms and dressing rooms. The bill endangers women and children by placing men in female locker rooms and other facilities. These men may dress as women but they are still males and can be attracted to women."


"The new law would also penalize schools and youth groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts concerned about hiring cross-dressers as Scout leaders," said Quinlan. "No one has studied the effect of such exposure on impressionable children and their gender identity development. The health issues for children are enormous."


"'Gender identity laws endanger individuals with gender identity disorder (GID), a medically recognized illness which is treated therapeutically," said Quinlan. "This bill is a health hazard. It will encourage individuals with GID to permanently alter their physical bodies, even to the point of removing vital reproductive organs. As expected, instead of helping individuals, it has been shown that such persons are more likely to commit suicide or need psychiatric help after these irreversible surgical procedures."


"I sought help for my gender identity disorder," said Grace Harley, a former transgender. "Passing laws which harm gender confused people is not the answer."

"Because gender identity laws do not conform to reality, they create unintended problems," said Quinlan. "Under Washington D.C.'s gender identity law, incarcerated men have demanded to be recognized as women and housed in the female prison," said Quinlan.


"Transgender laws discriminate against women by forcing us to recognize men as females," said Harley. "The government forces the people to deny reality under the penalty of law."


Similarly, a transgender rights bill passed in Montgomery County, Maryland against the wishes of the residents resulted in the bill's sponsor, former Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, as the only councilmember defeated in re-election. The unpopular gender identity law was set for referendum until gay activists sued to stop the vote of the people.


 A local citizens group filed an ethics complaint against Trachtenberg' assistant, Dana Beyer, for harassing residents who were trying to obtain signatures to place the law on referendum. Beyer responded by suing the County for $5 million, citing emotional distress and using the new gender identity discrimination law to bring the lawsuit. Subsequently, Montgomery County refused to consider testimony of witnesses who were victims of the harassment because they did not use the correct pronouns when referring to transgenders.



In other jurisdictions, governments are being forced to pay thousands of dollars for sex change operations.


The Howard County Council has scheduled a hearing on the transgender bill for November 21.





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