Published on January 27th, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
NAACP President Backs Baltimore Transgender Bill of Rights
NAACP President, Benjamin Jealous spoke out last night in support of legislation in Maryland that would extend rights to transgender residents. He spoke of the bill during his keynote speech at the 24th national conference on LGBT equality held in Baltimore on Jan. 27.
“This striving for inclusion is not new,” said Jealous to a crowded convention room at the Baltimore Hilton.
Watch coverage of Jealous’ speech below:
Under Jealous, the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People launched an equality task force for the LGBT community. The Maryland measure would extend rights relating to employment and housing to transgender residents. Last year, legislation that would have protected transgender people from housing and employment discrimination passed the House of Delegates, but the bill failed to pass the Senate.