Equality Maryland’s Carrie Evans joins Allan Kittleman at the Baltimore Pride Parade
June 28 marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots which occurred in New York City back in 1969. That event is considered by many to be the tipping point of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights movement in the United States.
Each year in June we gather to commemorate LGBT Pride Month. Festivals are held across the country to celebrate the civil rights victories achieved by the LGBT community.
Now more than ever before, as a direct result of the dedication and determination of those committed to the LGBT rights movement, progress is being made across the country. Recent court rulings in many states have overturned outdated laws.
Here in Maryland our same-sex marriage law was approved by popular vote in 2012. I was proud to join wonderful people like Carrie Evans of Equality Maryland to phone bank and work the polls on Election Day to help Question 6 pass.
It’s not every day I get to join the best Republican ever at Pride! Thanks Allan for all that you have, and continue to do for LGBT Marylanders!
– Carrie Evans, Exec. Director, EqualityMD
Laws against discrimination based on gender identity in Howard County have been in effect since 2011. And just last month, The Fairness for All Marylanders Act was signed into law, making Maryland the 18th state to prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals.
As a co-sponsor and strong advocate of both Question 6 and The Fairness for All Marylander’s Act, my views were at odds with some in the Republican Party.
However, I have never been a person who allows party politics to dictate how I vote. It is important we recognize that being a Republican and being a supporter of LGBT rights is not a contradiction.
What a great day! I was honored to walk in the Baltimore Pride Parade with Carrie Evans and proud to celebrate Maryland’s dynamic and dedicated LGBT Community.
Over the last 45 years LGBT Americans have risen above the prejudices of the times to become business leaders, community leaders and elected officials. These individuals continue to have a significant and profound impact on our nation and the rest of the world.
In order to continue to make progress, we must work together to address the issues continuing to affect the LGBT community.
Pride is a great event and a fantastic way for all of us to reflect on the importance of equality in our society. Every American – regardless of race, age, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – deserves the same rights, benefits and opportunities!
As County Executive, I will continue to fight for fairness and will ensure that Howard County continues to be a leader in the effort to treat all individuals equally.