After a brutal assault at a Maryland McDonald’s on young transgender woman, advocates believe legislators will enact a law designed to protect transgender people, reports the Baltimore Sun. Since two teenagers beat Chrissy Lee Polis last month, a brawl apparently incited by her using the women’s restroom, millions around the world have watched the punches and kicks online in a video shot by a McDonald’s employee.
By the thousands, viewers have signed petitions, planned rallies, and turned a spotlight on the plight of transgender people. If the incident “doesn’t show we have prejudices and preconceived notions, I don’t know what will,” says Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, who has repeatedly sponsored a bill that would protect Maryland’s transgender people from discrimination where they live and work. “This has put us to shame.” In the decade since Minnesota became the first to do it, 12 more states and the District of Columbia have passed some sort of anti-discrimination law that applies to transgender people, those born one gender who better identify with the other. An additional 134 cities and counties have followed suit.