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    The Disproportionate Abuse Suffered by Transgender Inmates

    From Kim Tova Wirtz to Sandy Brown, studying the treatment of transgender people in prisons reveals a pattern of abuse and disrespect.   Transgender inmates experience disproportionately high rates of harassment and sexual violence from both other...
    March 18, 2022 335 0
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    FreeState Justice Appoints Three New Directors to Join the Leadership Team

    FreeState Justice (FSJ), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex & Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Marylanders, is pleased to announce the addition of three new directors: Phillip Westry, Tina...
    March 16, 2022 482 0
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    The Treatment of Transgender Women in Prisons

    “ didn’t see me as the human being I am. They treated me like a circus act. They gawked, pointed, made fun of me and tried to break my spirit” – Sandy Brown in...
    March 8, 2022 281 0
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    FreeState is Hosting an LGBTQ+ Symposium!

    This summer, FreeState Justice is hosting an LGBTQ+ Symposium, showcasing the knowledge, research, and experiences of our community members across Maryland. Fill out the form linked here to submit a session proposal. What is the LGBTQ+...
    February 24, 2022 326 0
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    Share Your Story with FreeState

    In this legislative session, a group of Maryland legislators are pushing to ban trans kids from sports. We want to prevent the ability for this by passing the Inclusive Schools Act (SB0666/HB850). When bills are proposed...
    February 17, 2022 518 0
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    We Are Looking for Interns!

    Each year FreeState Justice hosts interns so we can support the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders and their allies and work together to improve the lives of low-income LGBTQ+ Marylanders. With support from a staff member,...
    November 29, 2021 758 0
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    Congratulations to Lee Westgate

    The Vice-President of FreeState Justice’s board, Lee Westgate, has joined the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as the Manager of Policy and Advocacy!  NASW has 55 state/territorial chapters and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. NASW’s...
    August 16, 2021 1993 0
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    The Second Annual Black Trans Lives Matter March

    Last month, members of the FreeState Justice Team marched alongside hundreds of other Marylanders in support of Black transgender rights.  The second annual Black Trans Lives Matter protest, organized by Baltimore Safe Haven, was held on...
    August 14, 2021 757 0
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    Big Wins for Transgender Youth in Arkansas and Across the US

    On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced via Twitter that a Federal court in Arkansas blocked a law that would have prevented health care professionals from providing gender-affirming care to minors. In May, The...
    July 22, 2021 934 0
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    Third Gender Marker to be Added to U.S. Passports

    The United States will join other nations including Denmark, India, and Australia in adding a third gender marker to U.S. passports. The gender marker “X” should be an available option to gender conforming and intersex individuals...
    July 17, 2021 615 0

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