Q: Can a Maryland business deny you service based on LGBT status? My child (exploring gender) was told they aren't welcome
Not in Maryland they can't. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 prohibits it. If the business is an establishment where the public has access to goods and services (bars, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, retail stores, etc.), it is not allowed to treat a person who identifies themselves based on a sexual orientation any differently than any other patron. The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) was established to ensure that Maryland’s anti-discrimination laws are enforced when it comes to housing, employment, state contracts, and public accommodations. Included in the other protected classes like race, religion, or disability, the MCCR also investigates complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. You may file a complaint here:
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