Tuesday, December 6, 2011

VIDEOS: Roger Berliner to Become President of MoCo Council // Howard County Passes Gender Discrimination Law

Today, the Montgomery Council is poised to end another year of service, and it appears Council Vice President Roger Berliner is prepping to take over as Council President. Here's a little background from a press release on MoCo's website:
The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 6, will elect new officers to one-year terms. Prior to completing her one-year term as president, Councilmember Valerie Ervin will offer comments reviewing the Council’s accomplishments over the past year.

Councilmember Roger Berliner’s one-year term as Council vice president also will end tomorrow. It has been traditional for the Council vice president to succeed the president the following year. The nine Councilmembers will vote on the selection of new officers to one-year terms. The new officers will take their positions immediately. 

Maryland Juice just noticed that MoCo has uploaded a new YouTube video featuring Mr. Berliner as the face of their website. Presumably they will post this to their website after the leadership transition today:

HoCo Gender Bill: Meanwhile, over in Howard County, the County Council voted 4-1 last night to pass anti-discrimination legislation targeting gender identity bias. The Washington Blade reported:
The Howard County Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to pass legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, financing, and health and social services.

The Council’s action makes Howard the third jurisdiction in Maryland to approve a transgender non-discrimination bill. Montgomery County and Baltimore City have similar laws on the books....

The vote on the bill was divided along partisan lines, with all four Democrats on the Council voting for the bill and the sole Republican, District 5 Council member Greg Fox, voting against it.

To highlight the positive vote on this law, I thought it would be a good moment to post a fascinating TV ad for a bank in Argentina (Banco Provincia) that features a transgender-centric storyline:

Hat tip: Gender Rights Maryland.

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