On Friday, the Boston Bar Association (BBA) announced it would add its name and endorsement to the Freedom For All Massachusetts coalition, seeking to defend MA’s transgender-inclusive non-discrimination law at the ballot this November.
The Bar Association supported the initial passage of protections for transgender people in housing and employment in 2011, and the extension of those protections to public accommodations such as hotels, hospitals, and restaurants in 2016.
In a statement, BBA President Mark Smith said:
“The Boston Bar Association has a long history of fighting for equal justice, and we celebrated the expansion of transgender anti-discrimination protections to public accommodations last year. It is my hope that, in concert with the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition, we can prevent this important civil rights victory from being reversed.”
A broad coalition of faith leaders, safety advocates, legislators, grassroots supporters and more have continued to mobilize in order to prevent the repeal of #TransLawMA, which offers protections for our transgender friends, family, and neighbors.
We know what the people of Massachusetts believe: discrimination has no place in the Bay State. Our opponents have placed a repeal effort on the 2018 ballot, which would repeal existing protections in our statewide non-discrimination law for transgender people in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and hospitals. This is a dangerous initiative that would bring discrimination back to Massachusetts and put transgender people at risk for harassment.
The stakes are high this November, and we must do everything we can to defend equality at the polls on November 6, 2018.
Freedom for All Massachusetts thanks the Boston Bar Association for their support, and welcomes them to the coalition
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