For those interested in testifying before the Howard county council this Monday, November 21, at 7:30 PM, against the transgender bill, below is information on how to get there. The e-mail address for the Howard county council is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council welcomes your participation.
· Attend public hearings and testify. Hearings and work sessions are held in the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD.
· The hearings are broadcast on GTV channels Comcast 99 and Verizon 44 and live streamed to the internet. Click on Watch Us in the right hand navigation of this page.
Legislative Public Hearing
Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Introduced by, Council Members Calvin Ball, Mary Kay Sigaty, Jennifer Terrasa and Courtney Watson
AN ACT amending the Health and Social Services Title of the Howard County Code to include gender identity and expression as a classification protected against certain types of unlawful, discriminatory practices; and generally relating to the Human Rights law of Howard County.
News Advisory: November 15, 2011
Contact: Greg Quinlan, Equality and Justice For All
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”
“Instead of helping the gender confused, ‘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 risk. Individuals with GID who will be encouraged by the law to permanently alter their physical bodies are more likely to commit suicide or need psychiatric help after these 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.”
“The Washington D.C. gender identity law has created unintended problems for the District government with male prisoners demanding to be recognized as female and housed with women,” said Quinlan. “Gender identity laws do not conform to reality.”
“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. 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.