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MD Lawmakers Petition Transgender Fairness Bill

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SALISBURY, Md. - As a transgender woman, Kiani Bailey says she doesn't want to step foot into the men's restroom.

"I feel if I went into the bathroom, into a guy's bathroom, the way I dress, the way I am, representing however I choose, I am much more likely to be assaulted in the men's restroom than I am in the women's," said Bailey,

In Maryland, those uncomfortable moments may soon disappear for Bailey and other transgender people. This past session, legislators passed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014, which would stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations, like in bathrooms.

But opponents are still fighting what they continue to call the "Bathroom Bill".

Del. Neil Parrott (R) is heading the fight.

"It creates a major problem for parents, it creates a threat to parental rights," said Parrott.

Parrott and others are launching a statewide petition to stop the bill from being signed rather letting voters decide in November as a referendum.
     
"Anyone's right to privacy to go in and use the restroom and have members of the same sex in that restroom or changing facility that would be violated with this bill," said Parrott.

Bailey disagrees.

"We're normal people, we just want to use the bathroom," said Bailey. "It sucks, I feel so uncomfortable going into the men's room."

The referendum isn't a sure thing. The petition must meet several benchmarks to pass. It needs 18,000 valid signatures by May 31st and close to 56,000 at the end of June.

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