Voices of Massachusetts

Discrimination is wrong—period. That’s why a growing chorus of Bay Staters are speaking out in support of protecting transgender people from discrimination in the places we all are when we’re not at home, work or school. Transgender people and their families are joining with Democrats, Republicans, leading businesses and faith leaders to make the case that discrimination has no place in Massachusetts. Read their stories below.


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“People who care about human rights can’t sit back and trust it’ll work out.” 

Rushelle Frazier | Worcester
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Rainbow Times Editor Says Education is the Most Important Tool For Equality

Graysen M. Ocasio • Salem, MA
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Transgender Woman in Western MA: “These Protections Provide a Sense of Peace”

Samantha
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Archivist and Activist Holds the Key to New England’s LGBTQ History

Ben Power • Holyoke
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Yes on 3 Campaign Organizer Pippin Working Hard to Ensure Equality For All

Pippin
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Student-Activist Jahaira DeAlto: “It’s Important to Be Visible”

Jahaira DeAlto • Pittsfield, MA
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Boston Man’s Story Shows The Discrimination Transgender People Experience in Public Places in Massachusetts

George
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Transgender Vet Shares Journey, Advocates Acceptance

Emma
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Educator Says Transgender Children Need Protection from Discrimination to Thrive

Sabrina
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Transgender Woman’s Safety, Security Rely on Upholding #TransLawMA in 2018

Leea
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Transgender Air Force Veteran Describes Military Ban As A “Target on [Her] Back”

Rebecca
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“It’s about protecting LGBTQ students in the classroom, and helping every student learn.”

Ethan • Ed.M. Candidate ‘17
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“We cannot rest. Unfortunately, rights won can be taken away.”

George & Quinn
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“I wanted my son to grow up in a community where all people are respected.”

Robbie & His Son, Grant
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“Before Ella was born, I thought I knew everything, but boy I knew nothing.”

Vann & Ella
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“Colby has as much right to exist in public spaces as his non-transgender brother.”

Kitty & Her Son, Colby
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“I want him to be ensured the same legal protections that everyone else in our family has.”

Beryl & Her Son, Micah
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“I struggle every day with will he be safe in the world, will he be protected?”

Lauren & Her Son, Alex
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“I feel more confident going out—and if I have issues, I will be able to stand up for myself.”

Sarah
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“I am here to pave the road for equality for my child and for all other transgender people of all ages”

Jeanne Talbot • Beverly
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“Every day, I live my life in fear. I’m scared.”

Brandon Adams • Framingham, MA