The ACLU of Maryland is dedicated to making our state a place where LGBT+ people can live openly, where their identities, relationships and families are respected and where there is fair treatment on the job and in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs. The ACLU of Maryland successfully challenged sodomy laws in Maryland, helped pass and defend all of Maryland’s laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, and was instrumental in the fight for marriage equality here, in the courts, the General Assembly, and in support of the ballot referendum that finally ushered in equal marriage rights in 2012. The ACLU of Maryland continues to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, and government services, works to enforce and expand the rights of transgender people to live free from discrimination and harassment, seeks to improve the treatment of LGBT +people in the criminal justice system, and works to ensure that LGBT+ children are treated fairly and equally in schools.
Fight For Open Trans Military Service Goes On
When President Trump took to Twitter on the morning of July 26 to issue a series of lies about transgender individuals serving in the United States armed forces and announce a ban on open transgender service, he disrupted the lives and careers of thousands of transgender troops.
Our clients are men and women who are transgender who have been serving this country for years, some of whom want to commission as officers but would be barred from doing so by the president’s proposed ban on enlistments by transgender individuals. While the president’s ban stigmatizes and threatens transgender service members every day, these brave individuals are continuing to fight for their careers, their fellow service members, and for the Constitution.
The decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop had implications for the entire LGBT community. Our expert Chase is joined by Shelby from the Transgender Law Center to break down what trans people need to know about the Masterpiece ruling.
Every day, people question why we advocate for trans rights. “How many trans people are there, really?” we are asked. Or, “Isn’t this just a new niche issue that serves as a distraction from the issues that really matter?” But trans people have always existed, and our lives have always mattered. And though we have and continue to face rampant discrimination, so too have we built beautiful communities and movements of resistance and love.
- October 24, 2011