Legal equality does not mean lived equality. Despite progress in creating safe, accessible, and affirming spaces for LGBTQ people in all areas of public life in Maryland, there is still work to do to ensure that LGBTQ Marylanders can access inclusive services from public and private institutions.
Why is this important?
Discrimination and stigma negatively impact the safety, health, and wellbeing of LGBTQ people. Public health research has demonstrated how exclusion, marginalization, and fear of violence experienced by sexual and gender minorities in everyday life increases the level of stress they experience, leading to disproportionately negative health outcomes. As a result, ending discrimination in laws and in practice is necessary to ensure that LGBTQ can live healthy and equal lives.
Yet, discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices remain prevalent across public and private institutions in Maryland. Discrimination is experienced in housing, employment, healthcare, restrooms, schools, public spaces, and private businesses.
What are the Issues and What Can We Do?
Trans Inclusive Public Spaces
Discrimination against LGBTQ Elders
Lack of safe, affirming spaces