BOSTON – The Boston Globe Editorial Board Monday called on state legislators to pass pending legislation that would protect transgender people from discrimination in public places in Massachusetts. The editorial, the second in more than a year from the Globe, comes as House Speaker Robert DeLeo has begun polling legislators to ensure veto-proof support of the bill.
“As gays and lesbians have gained more rights, so, too, has the transgender community benefited,” the Boston Globe Editorial Board wrote. “But in Massachusetts, a basic consideration has been left behind and deserves a speedy resolution.”
“Today’s editorial demonstrates once again that this legislation is necessary to protect transgender men and women across Massachusetts from discrimination,” said Carly Burton, Freedom Massachusetts Campaign Manager. “As the editorial correctly points out, it is the transgender community that is at risk. Transgender people deserve the same basic protections that everyone else in our state enjoys.”
Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo have both made their support of the legislation known. Speaker DeLeo has begun polling members of the House to ensure there is a veto-proof majority ready to support the legislation.
Currently, there is no explicit prohibition on discrimination against transgender people in public places in the Commonwealth. This includes parks, medical offices, restaurants and retail establishments. Equal treatment in employment, housing, K-12 education and credit has been law since 2012. Fourteen Mayors and town leaders from across the Commonwealth – including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll – have called on the legislation to be passed. Nearly 200 local businesses – including the region’s professional sports teams – have all voiced support for the legislation.
State Representatives Byron Rushing and Denise Provost and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are lead sponsors of the bill (House Bill 1577/Senate Bill 735).
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