LGBTQ Equal Rights
PBUUC has a long tradition of advocating for and encouraging equal rights for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people. We proudly supported the marriage-equality law, which passed in 2013 in Maryland, and we just as proudly continue to support legislation that will ensure full and equal rights for all citizens, including LGBTQ citizens. In the 2016 Maryland Legislature, lawmakers are weighing in on a variety of issues.
For example, a proposal, promoted by Marylandís governor, would allow the state to give tax credits of up to $200,000 to corporations that direct contributions to private schools. If passed, it would allow public funding to be given to private schools, which are not subject to Maryland or federal anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Even in public schools, discrimination remains a problem. In July 2016, in a case that impacts transgender students across Maryland, a federal lawsuit was filed against a county school system for refusing to allow a 14-year-old transgender boy to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with his gender identity, requiring him to use the girlsí locker room or a separate and substandard space with no benches, lockers, or showers.
Because these sorts of human right abuses continue, we must remain vigilant. In the fall of 2016 the Social Action Committee began hosting a transgender support group, Maryland Transgender Community Alliance. It is in itís fledgling stages, but we hope it will grow and provide a safe haven for transgender men and women to talk and laugh in community.
PBUUC human rights activists continue to work with and support a variety of LGBTQ rights organizations in an effort to ensure equal treatment and to live our belief in our First Principleóthe inherent worth and dignity of every person. For more information, write to us at SAC@pbuuc.org.