ROCKVILLE, Md. — Former Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat running for governor on his proven record of taking bold action to deliver real results for the people of Maryland, today issued the following statement in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance:
“2021 was the most deadly year for trans people in recorded history. At least 46 trans people have been killed — the majority of whom were Black and Latinx transgender women. Two of the 46 were killed in our own state of Maryland.
“As we take a moment to think about those who were lost and the families and loved ones they leave behind, we as a society must commit to doing better. That starts with instituting policies that recognize the humanity and equality of transgender and non-binary people. This year, the Maryland General Assembly passed two important pieces of legislation, including eliminating the LGBTQ+ panic defense in murder cases as well as a law that makes it easier for Marylanders to change their names.
“As Attorney General, I submitted testimony in support of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, writing, ‘We deprive our citizens of that equal protection when we allow discrimination against them on the basis of their gender identity.’ As governor, I promise to defend the rights of all Marylanders to live free from violence and discrimination and will fight to protect trans lives.”