The next frontier in the fight for equality

While Maryland has been proactive in securing equality for almost all citizens, there remain certain groups that still need full legal protection. Transgender citizens experience workplace discrimination at higher rates than non-transgender citizens and LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. Maryland is also home to the infamous International Healing Foundation, founded by notorious anti-gay advocates, who are devoted to teaching homosexual teenagers to be ashamed of who they are.

Click here to read Jon's open letter to the International Healing Foundation

Jon Cardin is proud of his record fighting for the equal rights of all Marylanders and protecting LGBTQ communities from discrimination. He has sponsored the Civil Marriage Protection Act, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Antidiscrimination Prohibition Act, the Medical Decision Making Act of 2004, and most recently, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. Just this session, Jon introduced legislation to protect minors from the harm caused by so called “reparative” therapies that attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation. For over 40 years, the medical community has realized that being gay is not a mental illness and as such, no treatment can turn a gay person straight. However, many therapists continue to perform conversion therapy in hopes of changing an individual’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. This past session, Jon sponsored a bill to ban the use of conversion therapy programs for minor patients. Jon is currently working with Equality Maryland and other groups to explore regulatory approaches to this problem as well.