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Know the laws in your state that protect LBGT people and people living with HIV.
YES
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
NO
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
YES
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
NO
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?

See Md. State Gov’t Code Ann. § 20-606

All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect LGBT employees. Lambda Legal maintains that the EEOC adjudications regarding Title VII’s coverage should supersede contrary authority that exists in some federal circuits.

HIV & Healthcare

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Does the state explicitly ban transgender exclusions in health insurance?
YES
Does the state have laws that may be used to fight against health care discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity?

Statute:  Md. Code, State Gov’t §20-304

 

Who may adopt?

Any adult. Can't deny petition because applicant is single. See MD Code  Ann. Fam. Law, § 5-331.

Second-parent adoptions:

Approved in lower courts.

Positive climate indicated by visitation case Boswell v. Boswell, 721 A.2d 662 (1998).

Public Accommodations

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Public accommodations protections on the basis of sexual orientation?
YES
Public accommodations protections on the basis of gender identity?

Relationships

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Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?
YES
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
YES
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?
YES
Does state law prohibit bullying in public schools?
YES
Does the law include cyberbullying?
YES
Does the law specifically mention sexual orientation?
YES
Does the law specifically mention gender identity?
YES
Does the law also apply to private, non-religious schools?
YES
Is there a state antidiscrimination law that applies (or may apply) to schools?

Md. Ann. Code § 7-424.1 (2008)

Md. Code. Regs. 14.03.01.01 (2013) et. seq.