January 8, 2019 - Montgomery County, MD – The LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County today announced its legislative priorities for 2019 addressing key issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Members of the club met last week with over a dozen elected officials and representatives of the Montgomery County Democratic State Legislative group prior to the new legislative session.
The Advocacy Committee identified 5 concrete policy and advocacy goals to pursue in 2019:
“Many people wrongly believe that when voters in Maryland passed marriage equality in 2012 that the big issues affecting our LGBTQ community had been solved,” said Michael Knaapen, president of the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County. “Our trans siblings are struggling without key legal protections and adequate healthcare services. Over 46% of our LGBTQ youth run away due to discrimination from their families yet risk being placed back in those very same homes. Maryland is falling behind its 2020 benchmarks to improve HIV health outcomes as HIV infection rates are increasing among gay men in Maryland. We look forward to working with state and local officials to address these serious issues affecting Montgomery County LGBTQ residents.”