Colleges and universities across Massachusetts are providing the next generation of leaders with a robust education. This year, that means stepping up boldly to defend Massachusetts’ law protecting transgender people in public spaces like restaurants, retail shops and hospitals. Opponents are trying to repeal the law at the ballot in November 2018.

Colleges & Universities Have a History of Support:

When we passed this law in 2016, higher education institutions were on the forefront of calling for change—because they know students can’t learn if they’re living in fear of discrimination. And they know non-discrimination policies work, and do not have a negative effect on student safety. That’s because since 2012, Massachusetts law has prohibited discrimination against transgender people in public schools. This ensures students have access to facilities that match the gender they live every day.

Why Are These Protections So Important?

This law is about protecting the freedom of all Massachusetts residents—including those who are transgender—to live their lives free from discrimination. That includes being able to access institutions of higher learning. In Massachusetts, we have some of the best colleges and universities in the world. No one should be denied the opportunity to fulfill their potential because they are transgender. That’s why many institutes of higher learning supported the 2016 update Massachusetts law.

What Can Your Organization Do?

If you represent one of Massachusetts’ more than 100 revered colleges and universities, and your institution wants to help uphold our Commonwealth’s non-discrimination law protecting transgender people, join us.

Join the Higher Education Coalition


  • Amherst College
  • Boston College Lambda Law Students Association
  • Brandeis University
  • Bristol Community College
  • Clark University
  • Emerson College
  • Framingham State University
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus
  • Harvard Transgender Task Force
  • Harvard University
  • MassArt
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northeastern University
  • Public Higher Education Network Of Massachusetts
  • Simmons College
  • Stonehill College Student Government Association
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Join the Coalition

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