- Policies protecting transgender people allow Massachusetts businesses to retain and attract top talent, improving the state’s economy.
- Inclusive policies make Massachusetts a more desired destination for travel and vacation, bolstering the state’s critical tourism industry.
- When businesses and other public spaces are welcoming of all, personal consumption increases, as people feel more comfortable buying more goods and services.
- North Carolina is a cautionary tale: Repealing Massachusetts’ non-discrimination laws could cost our economy billions in lost revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The Massachusetts Businesses for Freedom Coalition
Discrimination isn’t just wrong—it’s bad for business too. That’s why Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank all strongly oppose the misguided effort to repeal Massachusetts’ non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender friends, family and neighbors from discrimination. Those businesses understand that when communities are welcoming places for everyone to live, work and raise families, they succeed as well.
It’s not just Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank that make fairness and equality for all a priority. In fact, businesses are usually on the leading edge of efforts to secure protections for LGBT people. So it’s no surprise that nearly 70 percent of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies have nondiscrimination policies in place that explicitly cover gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
"Ensuring people can experience protection in public accommodations is essential to addressing health care disparities. It's critically important that people be free from discrimination and harassment in health settings and other public accommodations having an effect on the access to health care and quality of life of transgender people in Massachusetts. Harvard Pilgrim is proud to support Freedom Massachusetts in making that a reality in Massachusetts."
Karen Young, Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
"Google is proud to support Freedom Massachusetts because we aspire to be a company that reflects the globally diverse audience that our products serve, including the transgender community. We believe that in addition to hiring the best talent, the diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures leads to the creation of better products and services."
Steve Vinter, Engineering Director and Site Lead for Google Cambridge
"Eastern Bank has been a part of Massachusetts for nearly 200 years, and we know what it takes to make our communities strong and successful. We know that ensuring our communities are open and welcoming places for everyone is essential to that. When our communities are thriving, it lifts up businesses of all sizes – and that makes our state a stronger, better place to call home."
Nancy Stager, Eastern Bank's Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Inclusion Director