FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 1, 2018
Contact: Matt Wilder
Leading Officials Support Voting Yes on 3 as Anti-Discrimination Law Goes to the Ballot on Election Day
BOSTON – Today, Monday, October 1, marks the two-year anniversary of the update to Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law to include protections for transgender people from discrimination in public places. The bill passed in the legislature with a bipartisan supermajority in both chambers and was signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July of 2016. Two years ago this month, it went into effect; and shortly following, opponents of transgender equality confirmed that they’d collected the low threshold of signatures needed to bring it to the November 2018 ballot for repeal. The Yes on 3 campaign is a bipartisan coalition seeking to uphold the law.
“Two years ago, I was proud to help spearhead legislation that ensured basic protections for transgender people in our Commonwealth,” said Speaker Robert DeLeo, who championed the legislation two years ago. “We have seen no negative consequences as a result of our transgender nondiscrimination law, and that’s why sexual assault prevention experts and law enforcement have joined me in supporting Yes on 3. I believe we can win another historic victory for fairness, because I believe in the people of Massachusetts.”
Yes on 3 has been working over the past two years to build awareness about the ballot measure and to increase familiarity with transgender people who are living, working, and raising families in the Commonwealth. The “Yes” vote is supported by a coalition of more than 1,500 organizations, including law enforcement, domestic violence prevention organizations, businesses, faith leaders, labor unions and more.
“Our coalition is a supportive network of transgender people and allies from all around the Commonwealth dedicated to preserving dignity, respect and equality in our state,” said Mason Dunn, Yes on 3 campaign co-chair. “This law has been successful in keeping our transgender friends and neighbors safe in the two years since it has been in effect. We are confident that we will be able to celebrate many more anniversaries of these protections after a historic victory for Yes on 3 this Election Day.”
Freedom for All Massachusetts is the coalition working to uphold the state’s current nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places like restaurants, retail shops and hospitals, ensuring that Massachusetts continues to be a national leader on equality and fairness for all. A November 2018 ballot referendum will ask voters whether they want to retain the law, which has been effective since 2016.