Freedom Massachusetts statement on AG, MCAD guidance related to transgender protections law
September 1, 2016

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BOSTON — Today Attorney General Healey’s office and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination issued formal guidance related to enforcement of the transgender protections law, which provides explicit protections for transgender residents of Massachusetts in public places, including restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and public restrooms and facilities.

As required by the law, the guidance addresses how to establish a sincerely held gender identity and when to refer an individual to law enforcement in the exceedingly rare event that an individual asserts a gender identity for an improper purpose, such as to engage in unlawful conduct. The law goes into full effect on October 1.

Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, co-chairs of Freedom Massachusetts, the successful bipartisan campaign to pass the law, released the following statement:

“Today’s guidance provides businesses and the public clear instructions for implementing the transgender protections law. It ensures that young people and adults in Massachusetts will not be inappropriately referred to law enforcement just for being transgender while simultaneously addressing concerns about privacy and safety, which we all value. We look forward to seeing this important law go into effect on October 1 and the positive impact it will have on families and communities across our great state.”

Karen Young, vice president and chief inclusion officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, released the following statement:

“At Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we promote transgender-inclusive policies that have improved the lives of our employees, members, and their families, without causing harm to anyone. HPHC knows firsthand the positive impact of protecting all Massachusetts residents, including transgender people. We are grateful for the clarity of this guidance in order to help businesses and other places of public accommodation comply with this important law.”

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Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.


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