June 12, 2016 | Sonya Burke

President Obama on Mass Shooting in Orlando: “We Will Not Give into Fear” (VIDEO)

President Obama delivered a statement on the mass shootings that occurred in Orlando, Florida on June 12. “This was an act of terror and an act of hate,” said President Obama. “We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and […]

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April 27, 2016 | Willie James Inman

County Council Seeks to Ban Travel to Mississippi and North Carolina Over LGBT Laws (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday that would ban all County work related travel to the states of Mississippi and North Carolina. County Councilmember Nancy Navarro took the lead in pushing for the the resolution which was co-sponsored by the remaining eight members of the Council. “Montgomery County’s strength comes from its […]

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April 18, 2016 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County Council to Introduce Resolution Condemning LGBT Discrimination

The Montgomery County Council will introduce legislation condemning discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on Tuesday. The Council hopes to influence County Executive Ike Leggett to suspend all official travel to states where discriminatory laws exist. County Councilmember Nancy Navarro is the lead sponsor of the resolution which has the support the entire Council.  “Montgomery County’s strength comes […]

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June 26, 2015 | Aline Barros and Krista Brick

Local Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same sex marriage is a legal right across the country. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, said today’s court decision is a moment that “brings people to tears.” Beyer said Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion was so “beautifully written.” “It hit me. Some of the language is […]

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June 18, 2015 | Aline Barros

Raising Awareness on Transgender Issues in Silver Spring (VIDEO)

The first forum to talk about transgender issues was held in Silver Spring on June 17 at the Civic Building. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights hosted this conversation to raise awareness and educate the community. Keith Thirion, director of advocacy and program at Equality Maryland, said the message is that transgender people are […]

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June 17, 2015 | Aline Barros

Pride Month: Community Forum To Talk LGBT Issues

June is national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is scheduled to host the first community forum on transgender issues. The public meeting is set for June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Silver Spring at the Civic Building. James Stowe, director at the […]

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