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Transgender Equality Update

By Charlotte Robinson, December 16, 2014
The final frontier for LGBT equality will be achieved within the transgender community. In Florida with the growing momentum for transgender equality nationwide & across their state, Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida. Tricia Russell stated “As we continue the work of identifying & breaking down barriers across the state of Florida for our transgender brothers & sisters, the work of TransAction Florida is integral to the effort & our progress.” In
Massachusetts MassEquality is one of the grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across that state can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination & oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. There are protections in Massachusetts for our trans brothers & sisters but more protections are needed. It has been a town-by-town issue. So far the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Northampton, Brookline, Somerville, Amherst, Worcester, Newton, Salem & recently Melrose have all passed an ordinance providing nondiscrimination protections for transgender & gender non-conforming people in public spaces such as restaurants, parks & malls. KC Coredini, Executive Director of MassEquality stated, “Melorse has officially pushed the number of jurisdictions in the Commonwealth with these protections into the double digits. In the last year alone, seven cities & towns have made the right decision in ensuring the basic rights of transgender & gender non-conforming people. As we see more & more of these ordinances, we are inspired by the affirmation of the dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We look forward to working with the city in implementing this ordinance and continuing the growing movement towards equality for transgender people.”
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