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NAACP head to give keynote at LGBT conference

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous will deliver the keynote speech at a national conference on rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Jealous is scheduled to speak at the conference Thursday night in Baltimore.

Under Jealous, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People launched an equality task force for the LGBT community.

It’s the 24th national conference on LGBT equality.

There are some high-profile measures before the Maryland General Assembly this year relating to the gay and transgender community. For example, lawmakers will be debating legalizing same-sex marriage. Legislation to extend rights to transgender residents also is expected to come before Maryland lawmakers.