Currently in Massachusetts there aren’t statewide laws that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public places, including grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, museums & many other public settings. It’s has become a city-by-city issue. Recently the
town of Swampscott became the 12th jurisdiction in Massachusetts to include gender identity in public accommodations policy. Carly Burton, Interim Co-Executive Director of MassEquality stated, "We're proud to have Swampscott as the 12th jurisdiction in the Commonwealth to approve a policy that provides protections in public settings based on gender identity. Thank you to the Swampscott Board of Selectmen, transgender visitors & residents will be safe & protected. A big thanks goes out to the Anti-Defamation League of New England for taking on a leadership role in helping this policy come to pass. This revision of the town policy is another bold step towards progress & we look forward to working with Swampscott on its implementation." Other cities in Massachusetts that have similar policies included Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Northampton, Salem, Amherst, Brookline, Medford, Melrose, Worcester & Newton.
Legislators in Massachusetts are about to address transgender policy in statewide bills.
To support House Docket #3072 (An Act Relative to Gender Identity & Non-Discrimination) & Senate Docket #398 (An Act Relative to Transgender Non-Discrimination) please contact your state senator & state representative today & ask them to support this critical legislation.
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