Discrimination against transgender people about to be illegal in Maryland.

It’s a happy Friday, it seems.  :)  Michaelyn had a short day of classes, so I’m looking forward to spending a day with her.

In even happier news, the legislature in Maryland has passed a bill that would make discrimination against transgender people illegal.  The governor has said he will sign it:

Legislation barring discrimination against transgender people passed the General Assembly on Thursday, as the House of Delegates approved the bill after an impassioned debate. The vote sends the measure to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who said he will sign it.

The bill, approved by the House 82-57, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in housing and employment, in obtaining credit and in access to public accommodations. Five Maryland localities, including Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard counties, have similar laws. But the measure enacted Thursday provides statewide legal protection for an estimated tens of thousands of Marylanders who say they often experience harassment, discrimination and even assaults.

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