Voices of Massachusetts

Discrimination is wrong—period. That’s why a growing chorus of Bay Staters are speaking out in support of protecting transgender people from discrimination in the places we all are when we’re not at home, work or school. Transgender people and their families are joining with Democrats, Republicans, leading businesses and faith leaders to make the case that discrimination has no place in Massachusetts. Read their stories below.

“Colby has as much right to exist in public spaces as his cisgender brother.” Kitty Flynn & Her Son, Colby • Melrose
“I want him to be ensured the same legal protections that everyone else in our family has.” Beryl Domingo & Her Son, Micah • Bridgewater
“I struggle every day with will he be safe in the world, will he be protected?” Lauren Leahy & Her Son, Alex • Sherborn
“I feel more confident going out—and if I have issues, I will be able to stand up for myself.” Sarah Stowe • Plymouth
“I am here to pave the road for equality for my child and for all other transgender people of all ages” Jeanne Talbot • Graton
“Every day, I live my life in fear. I’m scared.” Brandon Adams • Framingham, MA
“The law would have provided the direction our leadership needed.” Michelle H. • Westborough, MA
“A conservative community can elect me, but I can legally be denied service” Jackie Ryan • Sturbridge
“No one should have to live in fear” Janice Josephine Carney • Beverly
“Countless ways in which people are made in God’s image” Rabbi Victor Reinstein • Jamaica Plain