Educator Says Transgender Children Need Protection from Discrimination to Thrive October 4, 2017

As an early childhood educator, as well as the primary caregiver for a transgender child, Sabrina Renaud knows how important it is for children to feel accepted by society.

That’s why she’s mobilizing to protect the law passed last year that updates Massachusetts’ non-discrimination statutes to protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations—places like restaurants, retail shops and doctor’s offices.

“Having these protections in place make for a safer and more welcome community, for everyone, and help to open dialogue, learning and understanding,” —Sabrina Renaud, Reading

“I know the importance of feeling validated and supported in order to thrive. I am a strong supporter of #TransBillMA,” she says. “This is something that should not be a privilege, but a right for all people, regardless of their gender identity.”

Knowing they’re protected makes life much easier for transgender children, especially those who may be struggling, she says. That’s because not only does it protect them from discrimination, it sends a very important message to all transgender people, especially children, that discrimination has no place in our state.

If the law is not upheld in 2018, it worries Sabrina to think of the message that will send.

“Having these protections in place make for a safer and more welcome community, for everyone, and help to open dialogue, learning and understanding,” she says. “I feel proud—and safer—knowing that the state I was born and raised in has a non-discrimination law that fully protects transgender people.”

Join Sabrina and other grassroots advocates for equality who are working to uphold #TransLawMA by signing the Freedom for All Massachusetts pledge. 

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