Boston — Today, House Speaker Robert DeLeo confirmed that on June 1, the Massachusetts House will vote on HB 4353, the bill that would update Massachusetts state law to ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places. The bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly and with bipartisan support by a 33-4 vote on May 12.
Kasey Suffredini, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts, released the following statement:
“After a historic victory for the transgender protections bill in the Massachusetts Senate, we are looking forward to the debate and vote in the House. As he was with the Transgender Equal Rights Act that passed in 2011, Speaker DeLeo has been a dedicated leader in ensuring that public accommodations protections get a vote. We are grateful to all the lawmakers who have taken the time to listen to the stories of transgender young people, adults, and their families who desperately need these protections. The power of those personal stories has created an unstoppable momentum in support of this legislation. We look forward to continuing the work to share these stories and to dispel the myths and false statements that have been presented by the bill’s opponents. We expect that very soon, transgender people will have explicit protections under Massachusetts law.”
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.