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Proposed Baltimore Law Would Allow Trangender People to Use Bathroom of Their Choice

| by Michael Allen

Tom Quirk, a freshman Democrat on the Baltimore County Council, plans to introduce a bill that would require local businesses to change public bathroom restrictions to accommodate transgendered men and women.

The 'Act Concerning Human Relations' is supposed to eliminate employer discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and self-chosen gender identity.

"It's my strong belief that the only thing that should matter is someone's qualifications for a job," Quirk told The Columbia Patch.

The bill’s language would make the restroom a public accommodation, so companies would need to create inclusive bathroom rules for transgender people.

The issue of restroom accommodation sank the Maryland General Assembly’s proposed anti-discrimination law last year.