BOSTON – Freedom For All Massachusetts (FFAM) – the bipartisan campaign fighting to protect the state’s transgender public accommodations protections law from repeal at the ballot in 2018 – today issued the following statement in response to news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repealed guidance that protects transgender individuals from discrimination in the workplace.
“We are fortunate in Massachusetts that our laws go beyond the federal protections, but make no mistake, this is an assault on transgender people across America,” said Kasey Suffredini, acting CEO of Freedom for All Americans and co-chair of the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition. “Laws such as the one here in Massachusetts are the final safeguard for transgender people who need protections from discrimination. Any rollback on protections is a step in the wrong direction and that is what we face at the ballot next year right here in Massachusetts. We can not remain silent in the face of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”
In 2016, Massachusetts became the 18th and most recent state in the country to update its nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. The law was endorsed and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, and it went into effect on October 1, 2016. Opponents of the law have since submitted the low threshold of signatures necessary to force it onto the 2018 ballot for potential repeal.
Freedom for All Massachusetts enjoys support from the state’s leading law enforcement associations, 16 statewide women’s and victim’s advocacy groups, more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 11 labor unions representing more than 750,000 families, every major professional sports team in New England, the entire MA congressional delegation, the state attorney general, bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, the Senate President and the House Speaker, and more.