February, 1, 2019
Today our community has a reason to proud. Our actions over the past year here in Maryland were just recognized by the the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in their annual State Equality Index. Not only did Maryland firmly score as a state Solidifying Equality, we were highlighted among all states for passing last year’s important ban on LGBTQ+ youth from conversion therapy.
The annual State Equality Index (SEI) released by HRC is a state-by-state summary providing a review of statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families. While we are proud Maryland continues to improve the state of our equality, sixteen states and the District of Columbia still rank ahead of us. We’re going to keep fighting for equality in 2019, especially over the next few months during the Maryland Legislative Session. At the forefront of this fight will be funding to help end LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, LGBTQ+ policies in the Department of Juvenile Services, name and gender MVA policies, and end discriminatory private school voucher practices.
You can help FreeState Justice improve equality for all LGBTQ+ Marylanders and fuel our victories in 2019 with a donation today.
Maryland was one of only four states along with Georgia, Tennessee and New Jersey to be highlighted in this year’s report.