Last year, a broad coalition came together to update Massachusetts law to protect transgender people from discrimination.
Thousands of business, community, civic groups and individuals worked hard to ensure transgender Bay Staters would be protected in places places like restaurants, retail shops and doctor’s offices.
But now opponents of equality are threatening the law. We need to activate this same coalition.
This law is about protecting the freedom of all Massachusetts residents—including those who are transgender—to live their lives free from discrimination. All hardworking people. including those who are transgender, should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our state, and that’s why we updated Massachusetts law this past year. Nobody should have to live in fear of discrimination simply because of who they are.
An initiative to uphold these protections will be on the ballot this year. It must pass, otherwise transgender Bay Staters will be left more vulnerable to discrimination.
Commit to helping us uphold these protections at the ballot box in 2018. Join us:
A diverse group of organizations are committed to upholding Massachusetts' non-discrimination laws protecting transgender people from discrimination! Find out more about our growing coalitions—and if your organization is interested in joining, choose from one of the options below! Not sure where your organization fits in? Or maybe you're an individual who wants to pledge your support? Then sign the general pledge form at the bottom of the page.
Massachusetts parents are coming together to uphold transgender equality at the ballot this year. Not just to protect their transgender children from discrimination, but to say clearly that our Commonwealth will not tolerate discrimination in any shape or form.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Massachusetts Major City Chiefs and 19 other local law enforcement officials support Massachusetts fair and equal treatment for transgender people. That’s why they’re standing with a broad coalition across the state in support of upholding Massachusetts’ non-discrimination law protecting our transgender neighbors, family and friends from discrimination in public spaces at the ballot this November.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Women’s Organizations
Leading sexual assault, domestic violence and women's organizations across Massachusetts have affirmed their support for our state's non-discrimination law ensuring explicit protections for transgender people in public places like restaurants, retail shops and doctors' offices—as well as gender-segregated facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms. These organizations want to make it clear: Ensuring these vital protections for transgender people does not diminish safety for sexual assault or domestic violence survivors.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Business & Industry Organizations
Discrimination isn’t just wrong—it’s bad for business too. That’s why nearly 200 businesses and industry organizations, led by Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank all strongly oppose the misguided effort to repeal Massachusetts’ non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender friends, family and neighbors from discrimination. Those businesses understand that when communities are welcoming places for everyone to live, work and raise families, businesses succeed as well.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Faith leaders are speaking out in support of a YES vote at the ballot this November to uphold basic protections for our transgender neighbors, family and friends. These faith leaders believe that our Commonwealth’s laws should continue to reflect the Golden Rule: Treating others as you want to be treated. That is a core tenet of their faith, and it’s why they’re joining the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and other municipal leaders strongly support fair and equal treatment under the law for transgender people in Massachusetts. That’s why they’re all speaking out in support of our Commonwealth’s non-discrimination laws protecting transgender people for discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, shops and hospitals. Under the banner Mayors for Freedom, these leaders agree that our cities are safer—and our state thrives—when transgender people are afforded explicit protections in public spaces.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Public Officials & Government Entities
Elected officials from both sides of the aisle are standing together to say clearly: Discrimination has no place in Massachusetts. And they’re joined by our Commonwealth’s most iconic government entities—from libraries to city commissions—in committing to uphold our state’s non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender neighbors, family and friends at the ballot this November. See below for a snapshot of the growing coalition, and if you are an elected official or represent a government entity, sign up to join us today!View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
These revered colleges and universities across Massachusetts are committed to providing the next generation of leaders with a robust education. And that means ensuring that all of their students are protected from discrimination. It’s why they are joining together to support our campaign to defend MA’s non-discrimination laws protecting transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, shops and hospitals.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Associations representing the state’s largest teachers unions, superintendents and school committees know the importance of treating everyone with respect. That’s why they all strongly support Massachusetts’ non-discrimination law ensuring fair and equal treatment for transgender people in public spaces like restaurants, shops and hospitals.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Major labor unions and organizations across the state, including AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and 1199SEIU, have officially announced their support for upholding MA’s non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender neighbors from discrimination in public spaces at the ballot this November. In total, the unions represent more than 65,000 families and workers across the state of Massachusetts.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Every single championship New England sports team has joined our coalition supporting explicit protections for transgender people in public spaces like hospitals, restaurants and sports arenas. These teams know that our state is stronger when everyone is allowed to participate in public life—and know that they are protected under state law.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition
Nonprofit & Advocacy Organizations
Organizations that work on the front-lines of making Massachusetts a better place to live and work are proud to join our campaign to defend basic protections for our transgender neighbors, family and friends at the ballot this November.View the Full Coalition Join the Coalition