For Immediate Release
BOSTON – Freedom Massachusetts, the bipartisan coalition advocating for anti-discrimination protections for transgender people, today released this statement in response to Governor Charlie Baker issuing an Executive Order updating the state’s supplier diversity program to include businesses owned by LGBT people.
“We applaud Governor Baker for executing this executive order, but we call on him to demonstrate where he stands on protecting transgender youth and adults from discrimination in public places,” said Kasey Suffredini, Co-Chair of the Freedom Massachusetts coalition. “While this Executive Order will certainly level the playing field for LGBT business owners, it does nothing to protect transgender people, including business owners, when they are patronizing Massachusetts businesses. Currently, the Commonwealth does not expressly protect transgender people from discrimination in public places such as supermarkets, parks, hospitals, and restaurants. Our courts need this statutory guidance in order to ensure transgender people are protected under the law, just as all other residents of Massachusetts currently are.”
More than 170 Massachusetts businesses and organizations have signed on in support of legislation that would create explicit protections in public places for transgender people. Already 18 states have protections. State Representatives Byron Rushing and Denise Provost and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are lead sponsors of the bill (House Bill 1577/Senate Bill 735).
For more information, visit www.freedommassachusetts.org.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people in the Commonwealth are treated fairly and equally under the law.