Montgomery Considers Transgender Protections
Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) yesterday introduced legislation intended to protect members of the transgender community from discrimination. If approved by the council, Trachtenberg said Montgomery would join more than 100 other jurisdictions, including the District and Baltimore, in prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in areas such as employment and housing.
"This is not radical legislation. It's very much a part of what I'd call moral legislation," Trachtenberg said before the council's meeting. "It is my belief that they deserve to live and work with equality."
The measure was inspired in part by Trachtenberg's friendship with her council aide Dana Beyer, who is transgender.
Beyer, a retired eye surgeon, ran unsuccessfully last fall for a Montgomery County seat in the House of Delegates.
Beyer said yesterday the legislation would "send a message to the community. When you see you are protected, that changes your perception of what you can accomplish."
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