These past few weeks haven’t been easy.
From the Trump Administration’s rollback of guidance protecting transgender students to the Supreme Court’s decision to not consider a landmark transgender civil rights case, there is no doubt that the transgender community is under attack across the country like never before.
But despite these setbacks, there is one thing that hasn’t changed—and that’s Massachusetts law. Transgender people are fully protected under the laws of the Commonwealth. And we won’t let anyone take that away from us.
Massachusetts has always led the way. In 2011, we adopted protections for transgender students—and last year we passed #TransLawMA to protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like doctor’s offices, restaurants and hotels.
But we’re facing a very real threat here in Massachusetts too: In November 2018, a dangerous ballot initiative will ask Massachusetts voters to roll back these much-needed protections for our transgender neighbors, family and friends.
And even if 2018 sounds far away—let me assure you: it’s not. If we just wait another year to start organizing and building opposition to this heinous ballot measure, our non-discrimination laws could be repealed next fall. It’s that simple.
We can’t let Massachusetts become ground zero for anti-transgender discrimination. Add your name now to commit to voting in 2018 to protect our state’s non-discrimination laws ensuring fair and equal treatment for transgender Bay Staters.
We have a long fight ahead of us—but we’re ready for the challenges ahead.