Today, our historic campaign fighting to protect the state’s transgender public accommodations protections law from repeal at the ballot in November announced it raised more than $350,000 in contributions in 2017.
Additionally, the campaign benefitted from nearly $83,000 in in-kind services donated by partner organizations. In total, more than 800 individual contributions were made to the campaign effort in 2017, with nearly 88% of contributions coming from in-state.
“What is especially exciting is that the majority of contributions come from ordinary people from across Massachusetts,” said Kasey Suffredini, campaign co-chair. “We didn’t ask for this fight, but this early financial support confirms that when asked whether to continue protecting their transgender neighbors from discrimination, Massachusetts voters will vote yes.”
These numbers speak volumes about our efforts. They show that our historic campaign to protect transgender people in the Bay State has built impressive and strong grassroots support, all because the people of Massachusetts have shown that they support non-discrimination protections for their transgender friends and neighbors.
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. Opponents of the law have since submitted the low threshold of signatures necessary to force it onto the November 2018 ballot for repeal.
To win in November, we’ll need to make sure we have the resources to continue mobilizing voters to defend our state’s non-discrimination protections for transgender people. Click here to donate to our campaign and help us continue to carry onward as we get closer to election day.