On Wednesday, February 21, our campaign to protect #TransLawMA held its first Public Education Town Hall in Malden, MA.
Co-hosted by the groups Indivisible Mystic Valley and Our Revolution Malden, activists and advocates for transgender people came together to give an update on the campaign and talk about how to get involved. Over 50 people came out to learn more about Freedom For All Massachusetts, the statewide campaign to prevent the repeal of transgender non-discrimination protections in public spaces like restaurants, retail shops and medical offices.
During the event, Lizbeth DeSelm and Patricia Wright spoke about their experiences as transgender women, and discussing why these protections are so important. Both spoke about their personal experiences with discrimination, and the sadness, embarrassment, and shame that often result from these situations.
Lizbeth and Patricia also educated the crowd on why these protections are important to transgender people — providing them dignity and the ability for recourse should a discriminatory situation arise, just like all other Bay Staters. A repeal of these protections would put transgender people at greater risk for harassment and intimidation, as well as create immediate safety risks.
Following the women’s discussion, participants were trained on how to engage in sometimes difficult conversations with friends and family about transgender equality. Often times, the first step in convincing people about the need for non-discrimination comes from being able to provide them with education on the subject, as well as personalize the issue. These conversations help to break down barriers and dispel myths or stereotypes that may exist.
Freedom For All Massachusetts is excited to continue building up teams across the state, and we are grateful for the work of all the dedicated volunteers who put on this event. Our teams will work hard to have thousands of conversations with voters across the state about how fairness is a Massachusetts value, and why protecting #TransLawMA is essential for providing our transgender friends and family the same protections as all other citizens of the Bay State. Strong grassroots support will help not only facilitate these conversations, but keep our campaign up and running for the next nine months as we work to protect full lived equality for all transgender Bay Staters.
We’d love you to volunteer at our next town hall or any of our upcoming field actions across the state! Follow the link to sign up for events here: www.freedommassachusetts.org/volunteer