BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University is getting a $1.44 million federal grant to study potential COVID-19 testing gaps and disparities for transgender persons.

The grant is from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The COVID, transgender research funding was announced by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume. They are all Maryland Democrats.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the severe inequalities that exists in our society,” the Democratic lawmakers said in a joint statement. “This new round of federal funding will help Johns Hopkins University lead a national effort to better serve transgender Americans during this public health emergency and help keep marginalized communities safe as we continue to battle the virus. Working together as a federal delegation, we will always fight to protect and support the LGBTQ community and will continue working to deliver additional COVID-19 relief to Maryland.”

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