Arlington — Last night, the board of selectmen in Arlington unanimously voted to expand equal protections on the basis of gender identity and expression. This makes Arlington the 14th city in Massachusetts to explicitly protect transgender people from discrimination. The news follows resolutions passed by Salem and Easthampton in recent weeks in support of the transgender protections bill pending in the legislature.
Carly Burton, campaign manager of Freedom Massachusetts, released the following statement:
“Arlington joins more than a dozen other cities across Massachusetts that understand transgender protections strengthen communities and increase productivity. No person should fear discrimination because of who they are. It’s time for lawmakers to make transgender equality the law of the land in Massachusetts.”
The transgender protections bill enjoys support from more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, leading law enforcement organizations, dozens of women’s groups and advocates against violence and sexual assault, the entire MA congressional delegation, all of New England’s champion sports teams, bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate, and more. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has scheduled a debate on the bill for May 12.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people in the Commonwealth are treated fairly and equally under the law.