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Basic Rights Montgomery is a broad-based coalition of community leaders and organizations formed in response to the efforts to repeal Montgomery County’s recently passed transgender anti-discrimination law. The law bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment, public accommodations, and taxi and cable service.

The measure, passed unanimously by the Montgomery County Council late last year and signed into law by County Executive Isaiah Legget, was to have taken effect on February 21, but was put on hold when signature gatherers potentially reached the number needed to place a repeal on November’s ballot.

Montgomery County is one of the most diverse counties in the country and is a bright example of how Marylanders of different races, religions, ages, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity can get along and work together to create a welcoming community where every person has a fair shake for basic rights like putting a roof over their head and finding a job that supports them and their family. And we’re not alone in this action: over 100 jurisdictions around the country have anti-discrimination laws that include transgender people, including the city of Baltimore.

The move to once again make discrimination against transgender residents of Montgomery County legal flies in the face of what we know about people from Montgomery County: we are proud of our diversity and we treat all of our neighbors with respect and dignity. That includes making sure that protections against all-too-common discrimination are in place.

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