Today, Freedom Massachusetts is excited to release Myth Buster—a new fact page that breaks through the misinformation around transgender equality and underscores the need to update our state’s public accommodation law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
The truth of the matter is, ensuring transgender people are not discriminated against is just simply about treating others with basic human dignity. We can end discrimination, and the sky won’t fall.
Yet, some of the rhetoric surrounding this issue has been extreme—and just flat out wrong. It’s just not true that ensuring transgender people cannot face discrimination in public spaces is unprecedented or untested. In fact, across the nation, 17 states, Washington D.C., and more than 200 cities and towns have passed non-discrimination laws protecting gender identity in public spaces.
Nor is it true that this law will endanger women and children in public bathrooms. This law does not give cover to anyone—transgender or otherwise—who would engage in inappropriate or illegal behavior. Sexual harassment of any kind will never be tolerated in our state. And women’s groups agree, that’s why organizations like Mass NOW, the Boston Area Rape Center and Jane Doe, Inc., all support this legislation.
Here at Freedom Massachusetts, we know that many people are still unfamiliar with transgender people, and that there are many questions. We’re here to help.
That’s why this new fact page will provide you and your loved ones with a safe space—a place you can turn to for clear-cut answers to those questions.
Ensuring transgender people cannot face discrimination is just as simple as treating others as we would all want to be treated. Nothing more and nothing less. So let’s move past the divisive and hurtful rhetoric, and let’s create a Massachusetts where all are welcome. Click here to learn more.