For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Contact: Matt Wilder
MA Transgender Bill To Head to Governor Baker’s Desk
BOSTON — Today the House and Senate chambers are voting to advance a final version of the transgender public accommodations bill (S2407), which updates state law to ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places, including parks, restaurants, hospitals, and public restrooms.
This marks the final procedural step for the bill in the legislature, after which it officially moves to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for his signature. Governor Baker previously expressed his support for a version of the bill and has ten days to take action once it hits his desk.
“Governor Baker has spoken in recent months of the compelling stories of transgender people and their loved ones,” said Kasey Suffredini, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts. “It has been nearly a decade since this legislation was first introduced on Beacon Hill, and like many people, the governor has been on a journey towards understanding transgender people and the challenges we experience. Transgender people have done the courageous work being visible, sharing our personal stories, and educating our families, friends, coworkers and communities. We are hopeful that the Governor has listened, and that he will sign this bill as soon as possible.”
The bill passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support in the Senate and House.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.