The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Massachusetts Major City Chiefs and other local law enforcement officials support fair and equal treatment for transgender people.
That’s why they’re standing with a broad coalition across the state in support of Massachusetts’ non-discrimination law protecting our transgender neighbors, family and friends from discrimination in public spaces. In fact, law enforcement were among the first organizations to endorse these protections when they were being considered in the legislature in 2016.
Opponents of transgender equality falsely claim that this law negatively impacts public safety, but this show of support from law enforcement is testament to just how unfounded these claims truly are.
Safety and privacy are important for everyone. That’s why we have laws in place that make it illegal to harm or harass people, or invade their privacy. It’s already illegal to enter a restroom or a locker room to harm someone, period. Anyone who does that can and should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Police use these laws to prevent assault, keep people safe, and hold perpetrators accountable. Updating Massachusetts law to protect transgender people from discrimination hasn’t changed that. In fact, updating the law to protect transgender people from discrimination as made us all safer.
Law enforcement organizations are proud to affirm the importance of explicitly protecting transgender people from discrimination in public spaces, like restaurants, shops and hospitals—and they are urging all of us to vote YES to uphold them.