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Baltimore Co. OKs transgender discrimination ban

Wednesday - 2/22/2012, 11:51am  ET

BALTIMORE - Baltimore County has become the fourth local government in the state to approve a measure protecting transgender people from discrimination.

The county Council approved the measure on Tuesday. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment, public accommodations and financing.

Council members did not add an amendment proposal that would have specifically exempted bathrooms. Instead, they amended the measure so that the protections do not apply to "distinctly private or personal" facilities.

The council's approval comes nearly a year after a transgender woman was viciously beaten when she tried to use the restroom at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale.

Baltimore City and Montgomery and Howard counties also have transgender protections.


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