For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Contact: Matthew Wilder
BOSTON – With just hours left before the legislature will break for a holiday recess, it has become evident there will not be a vote today on legislation that would fully protect transgender Massachusetts residents from discrimination. Freedom Massachusetts Coalition Co-Chairs Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn released this statement:
“While it is disappointing transgender young people and adults in our state will have to wait longer to see legislation enacted that fully protects them from discrimination, our fight is not over. The discrimination is real, the harassment is pervasive, and the need for a clear statement of prohibition by our government is urgent. Our momentum is building and our voices are being heard. The stakes are too high and we are so close, so we will continue our relentless pursuit of equal protections for all residents of Massachusetts until the end of this legislative session. Our broad coalition is in this until we succeed. We will not rest until our transgender friends and neighbors are protected from discrimination and violence.”
The Freedom Massachusetts Coalition has gained the tremendous support of more than 170 businesses and organizations – both small and large, major chambers of commerce, the state’s law enforcement associations and leaders, schools, municipal leaders, and the entire congressional delegation. Just yesterday House Speaker Robert DeLeo publicly pledged his support for the effort. Senate President Stan Rosenberg is also in support of the legislation.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.