In the runup to last week’s Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), dozens of public officials and advocacy organizations from across Massachusetts made a point of publicly stating their support for transgender Bay Staters.
Some were in the streets near Boston City Hall presenting a welcoming front as anti-transgender groups, led by the National Organization for Marriage, rolled into town on a bus that’s been traveling the country spreading an anti-transgender message.
Many others were spreading that welcoming message online via the #EveryoneWelcome campaign, which asks supporters to post a short video speaking out in support of protecting transgender people from discrimination in public spaces.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was standing with transgender Bay Staters at City Hall and online, reaffirming the city’s commitment to transgender non-discrimination.
Boston is, and will remain, an accepting and inclusive City. I'm proud to raise the transgender flag at Boston City Hall today. pic.twitter.com/T3Fqxnm4w2
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 30, 2017
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley was also tweeting out words of support, speaking specifically about #TransLawMA and how important it is to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome in Massachusetts.
— DA Dan Conley (@DADanConley) March 31, 2017
Attorney General Maura Healey—who launched the #EveryoneWelcome campaign last year during the push to pass #TransLawMA—released an updated video in February celebrating the law’s passage and encouraging everyone to speak out in support of it.
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) February 27, 2017
Freedom Massachusetts’ partners in the advocacy sphere, MassEquality and GLAD, also chimed in on social media last week to celebrate TDOV with the #EveryoneWelcome hashtag.
— GLAD (@GLADLaw) April 1, 2017
— MassEquality (@massequality) March 31, 2017
TDOV may be one day out of 365, but we believe transgender people should be visible and welcome every day. That’s why the #EveryoneWelcome campaign is ongoing. If you’d like to film your own short video in support of transgender non-discrimination, click here to learn more and get started