Exactly one month ago, I wrote about the “Not In My Shower” campaign being run by a conservative group in Maryland. It was a piece of blatant bigotry, designed to reverse gains made for transgender rights in the state by arguing that the new anti-discrimination law would embolden sexual predators. They were seeking to overturn the law through a referendum this November.
On November 13, 2007, in order to address discrimination against transgender individuals, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an act that added gender identity to the county’s civil rights law. A group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG) sought to block the law by gathering signatures for a referendum petition. We challenged the referendum because the Montgomery County Board of Election over counted the signatures in violation of the rules governing the process, and Maryland’s highest court ruled in our favor.
“This long overdue, crucial law is all about assuring that unchecked bias is not allowed to inhibit our neighbors’ abilities to make a living or rent a home, and as a Montgomery County resident, I breathe a sigh of relief that this campaign to roll back anti-discrimination protections is now over,” said Dan Furmansky, Executive Director of Equality Maryland.
Good news. Though I somehow can’t quite believe yet that we’ve heard the end of this . . .