Maryland's Baltimore County is currently weighing discrimination protections for transgender residents, but opponents are spreading rumors about cross-dressing men raping women in a nearby county that enacted similar protections.
According to The Baltimore Sun, conservative opponents of Baltimore County's proposed transgender rights bill are saying that since Montgomery County established protections for transgender people in 2007, four women have been raped by cross-dressing men in public restrooms. Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger recently set the record straight.
"Since this law has been in effect, we have had no reported rapes committed in restrooms by men in women’s clothing,” Manger wrote in a letter to Baltimore County councilman Tom Quirk, a lead sponsor of the antidiscrimination bill. Read more here.