UPDATE: Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination.”
The Massachusetts Senate & House of Representatives has finally approved the compromise version of the Transgender Anti-Discrimination bill. Deborah Shields MassEquality Executive Director stated, “Massachusetts has taken a significant step in establishing full equality for all LGBTQ people. MassEquality joins the Massachusetts transgender community in celebrating today’s votes in the House & Senate to approve the Transgender Anti-Discrimination bill & send it to the governor’s desk. We urge Governor Baker to sign this bill without delay & finally finish the work of securing equal protection under the law for transgender people everywhere in the Commonwealth. We are very happy to see that the legislators saw fit to add the emergency preamble to the bill & to set October 1st as the law’s effective date. We trust that the MCAD & the Attorney General’s office will be issuing guidance by the September 1st date set by the bill & will develop provisions that protect the rights of transgender people to access all public accommodations. We once again extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Senate & House Conference Committee—Chairs Sen. William Brownsberger & Rep. John Fernandes, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Sheila Harrington and Rep. Sarah Peake—as well as Senate President Stanley Rosenberg & Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for their leadership and consistent support of this bill. We also thank Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Reps. Denise Provost & Byron Rushing for sponsoring & championing this legislation & all the lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill as it made its way through the House and Senate.” MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots LGBT advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination & oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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