Maryland Gender Identity Bill Endangers Women and Kids

Women and children will face one of the greatest threats to privacy, safety and
security that Maryland residents have ever known with the passage of a "Gender
Identity" bill now before Maryland House and Senate

The proposed law adds a broadly defined category of "gender identity" to the
state's existing anti-discrimination law. Because the bill's broad definition of
"gender identity" includes "expression and behavior," men are not required to
have undergone a sex change operation. The Maryland Retailers Association has
purportedly agreed to allow men to enter women's bathrooms.

"The effect of this bill is to give special rights to men who want to dress
like women, but completely disregards the safety of vulnerable women and
children," notes Ruth Jacobs, M.D., president of Maryland
Citizens for a Responsible Government. "Restrooms and showers will be opened up
to cross-dressing or female affirming men thereby allowing undressing in front
of women and children in a woman's locker room."

"We believe that the bill should be dropped," says Dr. Jacobs. "Even the
senator sponsoring the bill admits that he does not understand gender identity

"If it is not dropped, then exemptions similar to the Baltimore
City law stating 'It is not discrimination for any person to provide
separate toilet facilities for males and females' and other exemptions as signed
by [then mayor and now] Governor Martin O'Malley should be

Gender Identity Bill HB474/SB566 imposes fines for public accommodations and
allows imprisonment and fines for housing violations. The bill includes a
"private cause of action" giving any cross dressing employee the right to sue
employers in state court. Awards can include back pay and up to
$400,000 in damages not including punitive damages.

To stop passage of HB474/SB566, call, write or email your legislators and
urge them to vote "NO" to this dangerous piece of legislation. Visit Maryland
Citizens for a Responsible Government website at www.notmyshower.com for the
contact information for Maryland legislators. Contact the Maryland Retailers
Association at 410-269-1440 and ask them to withdraw any show of support for



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