There is no evidence that transwomen (who are women, not men) pose a threat to women and girls in public bathrooms and there are already laws in place that protect women from attack in women's restrooms. This bill will not eliminate those laws.
This bill is about protecting people from discrimination. The bill is not about bathrooms.
--Mark Patro of the group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Jenna Fischetti told council members she works for $8 an hour at a Kohl's department store after being fired from her job as a finance manager at an Owings Mills car dealership when her employer found out she is transgender.
"I lost a $100,000-a-year job specifically because of my gender identify," Fischetti said.
Transgender people are using the bathroom because that's what they have to do is use the bathroom. There's no evidence, there's no proof, it doesn't happen.
--Sharon Brackett, board chair for Gender Rights of Maryland
Rumors have been circulated that Montgomery County, which passed a transgender anti-discrimination statute in 2007, has had four rapes in public restrooms by men dressed as women.
Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger has debunked those rumors.
Since this law has been in effect, we have had no reported rapes committed in restrooms by men in women’s clothing.
--letter from Thomas Manger to Baltco Councilman Tom Quirk, lead sponsor of the bill
Next meeting on the bill, which would prohibit discrimination against transpeople in housing, workplaces, and in public places, is February 14. The bill is expected to pass since 4 of the 7 Council members are sponsors.
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