Across the United States, there are around seven hundred thousand transgender individuals (Times Union 1). Majority of these individuals face discrimination at work, school, housing, healthcare, etc. For instance, ninety percent of transgender people are discriminated at work, while more than half have been harassed as they access public services. No doubt, transgender people are giving their best efforts to obtain freedom from discrimination all over the country, and through their efforts, they are moving forward. Individual states are beginning to pass non-discrimination laws pertaining to transgender people, and recently, Maryland is showing its support.
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In addition, he said “you are exposing her to things she shouldn’t see” (Kunkle 1).
Furthermore, the bill exposes individuals to invasions of privacy from transgender people in public places, such as locker rooms. The law places people in awkward and discomforting situations. Individuals will not be able to use these facilities at ease, and will not be able to go about their business. Bryan Simonaire said it best when he mentioned, “The intent of this bill is discrimination” (Lavers 2). The law brings more attention towards transgender individuals, and causes more discrimination against them.
Additionally, this law, which has recently passed, goes against moral and ethical values. For instance, any male can classify themselves as transgender and be permitted to “…legally enter girls’ and women’s rest rooms and other private spaces for voyeuristic or criminal purposes” (Wetzstein 1). Religion didn’t play any role and wasn’t even a factor during the consideration of passing the bill. The Maryland Catholic Conference states this bill “manifests a fundamental violation of our society’s basic understanding of the human person” (Kunkle 2).
Some may argue, “It is not our job to discriminate” (Lavers 1). Others claim individuals who are transgender previously went to the bathroom of their choice before the bill was passed and nobody raised an eyebrow. However, the main issue is now, after the law has been passed in the Senate, any individual is legally permitted to enter the opposite gender’s rest room or locker room with wrong intentions. Those who are not transgender can enter the opposite sex’s private facility with confidence. Undoubtedly, discrimination against transgender people should be prohibited in employment and housing. However, there should be regulation over transgender individual’s freedom in public places.
Individuals advocating this bill were very successful. According to the On Top Magazine, “71% of Marylanders support transgender rights bill.” In addition, in the Senate vote, the bill was passed with a 32-15 result. Those who supported the bill consisted of thirty-one democrats and only one republican. Regarding these results, Carrie Evans of Equality Maryland said “With their vote, 32 Senators stood up to say no one should be denied the opportunity to work for a living, secure...