In states and cities across the country — including the District and Baltimore, it’s illegal to discriminate against transgender people. But a law designed to protect transgender individuals in suburban Maryland has sparked a contentious legal battle. We look at evolving cultural attitudes about the transgender community, and explore new scientific research about gender identity.


  • Dana Beyer, MD Transgender activist; Senior Policy Advisor, Montgomery County Council; Medical Consultant, The DES Sons International Network
  • Colleen Fay Metro Connection Arts Editor; Arts Commentator for WETA's "Around Town"
  • Brian Watson Director of Programs, Transgender Health Empowerment (THE); President, D.C. Coalition of Black LGBT Men and Women

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