Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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This Workshop highlights issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, basic information as well the applicable laws.

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This engaging training workshop highlights current information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity anti-discrimination law in Maryland. The workshop also provides information on the basic concepts, definitions, and issues that may arise in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Applicable Laws

Kinsey Scale of Sexuality

Orientation and Identity Issues

Orientation and Identity in the Workplace

The Presenter is Keith A. Merkey, M.Div./CE

Keith A. Merkey is an Education and Outreach Associate for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights where he provides educational workshops and conducts trainings on a variety of topics such as diversity, discrimination prevention, sexual harassment, conflict resolution, sexual orientation/gender identity, and other issues for Maryland’s agencies, universities, businesses and organizations. The majority of his work has been in the area of adult training and education. Mr. Merkey has worked for the past 35 years in the area of training, service, and education for both MCCR as well as non-profits such as Stop AIDS Campaign, Planned Parenthood of Maryland and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maryland.

Mr. Merkey received his Bachelors of Art in Religion and Philosophy from Campbell University in North Carolina and his Masters of Divinity and Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has received post-graduate training in prejudice–reduction, conflict resolution, mediation, and diversity as well as EEO, Fair Housing and Safe Spaces Training. He presently serves as the Secretary on the Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, volunteers at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and is the past Board President of The Book Thing, Inc. of Baltimore.

This public education program is brought to you by the Education and Outreach Training Program of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR)

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Organizer Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

Organizer of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Mission & Vision

It is the mission of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to ensure opportunity for all through the enforcement of Maryland’s laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts; to provide educational outreach services related to provisions of this law; and to promote and improve civil rights in Maryland.

Our vision is to have a State that is free from any trace of unlawful discrimination.


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