Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Announces Support for Transgender Rights
September 14, 2015

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Chamber joins nearly 90 organizations big and small supporting public accommodations protections for transgender Bay Staters

BOSTON – The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced its support of legislation currently under consideration on Beacon Hill aimed at protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places. Nearly 90 other organizations across Massachusetts have also announced their support for the law, including the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Biogen and YWCA Boston. Earlier this summer Google, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Eastern Bank announced their support for the legislation.

“Fairness and equality are essential to good business in Massachusetts,” said James E. Rooney, President & CEO of the Chamber. “As an association with a wide-range of business members, we can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to our state’s business climate and economy that we support inclusivity and provide clear legal protections for all.”

“The support of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and these other organizations is not only a substantial boost to our campaign, but also sends a clear message that discrimination in any form goes against the broader public interest,” said Mason Dunn, Co-Chair of Freedom Massachusetts campaign. “We’re deeply thankful for this groundswell of support and look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor in passing this bill.”

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading business association, connecting 1,500 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession.

State law currently provides nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity in employment, housing, credit/lending, and public education. However, there are no explicit legal protections for transgender people in the area of public accommodations, which are places such as hospitals, stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Representatives Denise Provost and Byron Rushing and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are co-sponsoring the legislation, HB 1577 in the House and SB 735 in the Senate.

The complete list of organizations can be found at www.freedommassachusetts.org.


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