Trans Healthcare MD traveled around Maryland in 2018, tabling at multiple Prides.
Senator William Smith introduced SB196 in the Maryland Senate. Taken in Senator Smith’s office before testimony in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee with representatives from the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Intersex and Genderqueer Recognition Project, HostHome, FreeState Justice and Trans Recognition Maryland.
Taken after the SB196 testimony.
Representatives of many local and national organizations testified in support of SB196, including the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, HostHome, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Intersex and Genderqueer Recognition Project, FreeState Justice, Trans Recognition Maryland and Maryland Trans Unity, as well as local community members.
Delegate Sara Love introduced HB421 in the Maryland House. We were proud to work with a coalition of organizations to support HB421.
Lily at SWOP Baltimore
Lily at her first meeting of SWOP Baltimore as a core team member. SWOP Baltimore is a chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.
Testimony for HB856
Lee Blinder and Lily Amara Pastor after our testimony in support of HB856.
Lily at LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County
Lily spoke at a meeting of the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County about Maryland legislation, trans-led organizations in the state and other topics relevant to transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive communities.
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Our hearts are with the many trans service members who will be impacted by the Trump Administration's reprehensible actions. The targeting of our community is unjustified and immoral, and we hope that organizations like Lambda Legal will be successful in their legal challenges.
We stand with all our siblings against this and other attacks by the Trump Administration.
Thank you, Councilmember Evan Glass, for your recognition and support for all our trans siblings in Montgomery County. As our Executive Director Lee Blinder said in their statement at this proclamation for Transgender Day of Visibility:
We are inspired by our youth, we are inspired by our elders, and we are inspired by our fellow adults. We are very much looking forward to what we will accomplish together.
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Happy Trans Day of Visibility!!! We had a splendiferous time at the Trans Visibility Community Festival yesterday in DC, which was a huge success!
Here's one last picture from the event and, if you missed it, go to @dcatsociety Facebook for a video of yesterday's panel, moderated by @jamiegracealexander from @bmoretransalliance!!! .
#transdayofvisibility #transvisibility #trans #dmv
Having an amazing time at the Trans Visibility Community Festival!!! #transvisibility #trans
Our table is set up and the Trans Visibility Community Festival is under way!! #trans #transhealth #transvisibility #dmv #maryland
Some pictures from last night's spectacular #TransThriving event! Jude Emerson, the keynote speaker, talked about accepting himself as a trans man and sang beautifully!! Check him out on Instagram @journey2jude!
Following Jude, Lee Blinder moderated a panel on trans experiences with Abbey Viado, LMSW and accomplished lifetime advocate for trans rights, Lily Amara Pastor (@lilyamarapastor) from Trans Healthcare MD and Adam Campanile from TransLAW. We discussed our joys, struggles, achievements and the work to be done. We took a number of heartfelt questions from the audience and continued discussions during the resource fair.
Thank you to Shelby Speer at USG for organizing the event, to our fellow speakers, to all the organizations at the resource fair, including the National Center for Transgender Equality (@transequalitynow) and to our audience for helping to make #TransThriving a huge success!!!
An enlightening, engaging and inspiring panel discussion for the FreeState Justice LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment Report Launch. "A lot of what the report says validates what trans people already know, especially community leaders." - Jamie Grace Alexander (@jamiegracealexander), Writer/Poet at the Baltimore Transgender Alliance (@bmoretransalliance). The event closed with a speech by Delegate Gabriel Acavero (@gacevero). "We owe it to our ancestors to be our whole selves, don't check any of your identities at the door." - Delegate Acavero
At the FreeState Justice Community Needs Assessment Report Launch, but still celebrating yesterday's legal victory!
We are overjoyed to report that HB421 has passed in the House with a veto-proof majority! Since the Senate companion bill (SB196) has also passed with a veto-proof majority, SB196/HB421 is now almost ready to become law, mandating a third gender option and gender self-attestation for MVA-issued IDs!
Thank you so much to everyone who was involved! If you called, emailed, testified, otherwise worked on it or supported those who did, you helped make this change happen!
We'd especially like to thank Delegate Sara Love and Senator William C. Smith, Jr. for introducing the bills in the House and Senate and both them and their staff for the long hours they put in to support this process.
A coalition of trans-led and trans-affiliated organizations has been working hard, often behind-the-scenes, to get us to this historic moment. The Coalition includes Trans Healthcare MD, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance (@bmoretransalliance), FreeState Justice, Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, HostHome, Maryland Trans Unity, National Center for Transgender Equality, Trans Recognition Maryland, Trans Terps and Whitman-Walker Health (@whitmanwalker). We've been elated and honored to be a part of this gathering of inspiring and dedicated folks. We've seen the incredible power of this coalition and know great things are in its future!
Maryland has just taken a huge step towards providing all trans, nonbinary and gender expansive folks in our state with the dignity, representation and justice we deserve!!! Check out transhealthcaremd.org/news for the coalition's press release! .
#localpolitics #transpolitics #marylandpolitics #maryland #trans #nonbinary #bmoretrans
Thank you to the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County for hosting Core Team member @lilyamarapastor to speak on Maryland legislation, trans-led organizations in the state and other topics relevant to our communities. .
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Today we testified in Annapolis in support of HB856, which would provide anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender in certain healthcare settings.
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Congratulations to Andrea Jenkins, the first black trans woman elected to public office in America!!! Her historic victory is a reminder to all of us that change is not only possible, it's happening right now!
Thank you to all of these amazing nonbinary and binary trans advocates from Trans Healthcare MD, @bmoretransalliance @intersexrec , Maryland Trans Unity, Freestate Justice, @transequalitynow , and Trans Recognition Maryland. Photo snapped after the hearing for HB421 to add a third gender marker option to Maryland’s licenses and IDs, and also to initiate self-attestation, and eliminate the need for 2 burdensome medical letters like many states and jurisdictions have done already; for instance our neighbors in DC.
We appreciate Delegate Sara Love bringing this bill forward and championing it on behalf of our community. HB421 needs 85 votes for a veto proof majority in the Maryland House of Delegates. Call your delegates today and thank them for supporting and or encourage them to vote Yes!
Thank you to all the inspiring, brave people who came to support SB196 yesterday! This bill is so important to us, as advocates and as individuals. Working together, we can make Maryland an affirming, supportive home for all trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive folx here!
#transpolitics #howabillbecomesalaw #marylandpolitics #localpolitics #trans #nonbinary
Trans Healthcare MD is proud to be in Annapolis today to Support SB196 with trans and nonbinary community from: HostHome, @bmoretransalliance , Maryland Trans Unity, @intersexrec , @transequalitynow , @freestatelegal , @annapolispride , and parents of trans youth and nonbinary youth.
Thanks to Maryland State Senator @willcsmithjr for introducing the bill, and for all of the senators who signed on to co-sponsor. We're looking forward to self-attestation becoming a reality for trans folks in Maryland, and for the addition of nonbinary/unspecified X marker option being added to licenses and IDs.
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Energized and sightly giggly after tonight's @swopbaltimore meeting!!! #RightsNotRescue #sexworkiswork #transselfie #bmoretrans #transhealthcaremd #SWOP
To our trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive community, this latest threat from the Supreme Court & US Presidency is our focused call to action. We will continue to grow our connections to one another. We are here. Our joy is our response.
#wontbeerased #transgender #nonbinary
Trans organizing at Red Emma's!!! #transhealthcaremd #baltimore #bmoretrans #redemmas
Lee Blinder and Lily Amara Pastor from our Core Team at last night's Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee Listening Session! Thank you to all who hosted and participated; we had productive discussions and met so many of the wonderful folx in the Montgomery County Democratic Party!!! We look forward to working together as we address the issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community!
#transhealthcaremd #DCC #democrats #democraticparty #montgomerycountymd #trans #queer #lgbtqia #lgbt
Thank you to J Mase III and Dane Figueroa Edidi from Black Trans Prayer Book for your vision, your work and for inspiring us!!! Check out their video on this beautiful, empowering idea!! (https://www.facebook.com/jmaseiii/videos/2107042632904181/) #TransphobiaIsASin #transpeoplearedivine #transhealthcaremd #translife #transfaith #transselfie #girlslikeus