ISSUES

STANDING UP FOR THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

As an openly gay candidate, Joe will work every single day to determine gaps and areas where law fails to sufficiently protect our community. Despite the passage of critical pro-equality legislation, the Movement Advancement Project still ranks Maryland 17th in the country for LGBTQ+ equality. We have more work to do! Joe will work to ensure every transgender Marylander has access to affirming health care, that every LGBTQ+ student is treated with dignity, and that LGBTQ+ Marylanders in the criminal justice system are protected from harm.

  • Commission on LGBTQ Affairs: Empower the Commission on LGBTQ Affairs to conduct a holistic assessment of discriminatory practices impacting the LGBTQ+ community. Amplify the commission's policy recommendations outlined in their reports and collaborate with commissioners to introduce effective pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.​

  • Standing Up for Transgender Marylanders: Pass the Trans Health Equity Act to ensure every transgender Marylander, regardless of income, has access to lifesaving gender-affirming health care. 

 

  • Inclusive Schools: Fully implement and enforce the Inclusive Schools Act so every LGBTQ+ student feels affirmed and respected at school, and to ensure schools have the resources to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ students.

  • Standing Up for LGBTQ+ Youth:  Stand up against homophobic/transphobic attacks on LGBTQ+ youth and stand firm against efforts to introduce “Don’t Say Gay” style legislation in Maryland.

 

  • Inclusive Curriculum: Advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusive education in schools. 

  • Access to Health Care: Protect LGBTQ+ people from being unfairly denied health insurance coverage on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Joe believes that access to healthcare is a human right, and Joe will fight to ensure no private insurance provider can deny a Marylander that right.

  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms: Require gender neutral bathrooms in places of public accommodation and state-owned buildings. 

  • Ending Criminalization of HIV/AIDS-Related Activities: End criminalization of HIV/STD related activities. HIV criminalization laws are a relic of the AIDS scare, and today needlessly put people behind bars for what can only be properly assessed as a health issue. Such laws not only disproportionately target members of the LGBTQ+ community, they aggravate the issue of mass incarceration endemic to our state.