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In January, Maryland lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. When I received a call from Equality Maryland urging me to take action, I was shocked because I had no idea that this was going on. In my opinion, such rights are a given. But I guess that’s not the case at all if a person can be turned away from housing or a job for being transgender.

Maryland is apparently one of the 21 states and D.C. that have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, while the nation’s capital and 16 states have passed laws that ban anti-trans discrimination. Support the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013 (SB499) and help move Maryland forward on the path to true equality.

You can do so by signing the petition, sending a letter to your local Maryland official, or calling said official’s office.