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Transgender Equal Access Rally

By Charlotte Robinson, January 17, 2013
Action Day for Transgender Equal Access is today with a rally at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts from 11A-1P. The Commonwealth's current nondiscrimination laws do not include protections for transgender people in public accommodation settings. GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) is working with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition & the entire Transgender Equal Rights Coalition to ensure such protections are added as quickly as possible. In Massachusetts the Transgender Equal Rights Bill went into effect last July. Though this meant that first time in the state’s history transgender people are now included in the state’s civil rights laws the bill did not include public accommodation protections. What this means is that the bill doesn’t protect transgender people in public spaces such as subways, hotel lobbies, gas stations, coffee shops & hospitals. Transgender youth & adults far too often encounter unfair treatment, denial of services, mocking or hostile language & threats of harm when accessing these public services. This will be the first community action to educate legislators about the necessity of public accommodations protections. All transgender people & allies are encouraged to attend & meet with their legislators to ask for co-sponsorship for the Equal Access to Public Accommodations bill. The rally will take place today Thursday, January 17th from 11A – 1P at the Massachusetts State House Suite 167 Beacon St in Boston. You can join at anytime but do attend is possible. Updates to Come…:) For More Info: masstpc.org 

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