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Massachusetts Transgender Laws

By Charlotte Robinson, February 19, 2015
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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