Tonight, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to endorse a Yes on 3 vote this November to uphold protections for transgender Bay Staters in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and medical offices.
The resolution, which was introduced by Councilmember [NAME], calls on voters in Cambridge and across the state to help make Massachusetts the first state in the country to defend dignity and respect for transgender people at the ballot box. Numerous community members, including transgender people and allies, spoke at the City Council meeting tonight to support the resolution:
Cambridge joins a growing and impressive list of municipal governments across the state that have voted to officially endorse a Yes vote on Question 3.
Last week, the Boston City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass Yes on 3 resolution—just days after similar votes in Somerville and Melrose. Local leaders in Arlington and Lexington voted earlier this year to endorse the measure.
Tonight’s vote is the latest sign of incredible momentum in Cambridge for the campaign to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts. Both former Mayor David Maher and current Mayor Marc McGovern are proud members of a coalition of mayors speaking out for a Yes on 3 vote. Cambridge’s renowned educational institutions have joined the coalition too. Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lesley University have all joined 25+ colleges and universities across the state advocating for a Yes on 3 vote.
Help make sure that your municipality is the next to endorse a Yes on 3 vote. Email your local leaders, and include this example of a sample resolution, to ask them to join the growing number of cities and towns across Massachusetts standing up for our transgender neighbors and friends.