Wow, what an incredible past few days it’s been.
In a fight that started in Massachusetts 11 years ago, I was overjoyed to see the nation join together in celebration after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry.
It was a joyous moment for all Americans nationwide, but it also served as a reminder of what still remains to be done.
That’s because right now in Massachusetts it is still legal for a transgender person to be turned away from a hotel or denied service at a restaurant—simply because of who they are.
But we can fix this—this year—by passing a commonsense bill that protects our transgender friends and neighbors from unwarranted discrimination. Click here to spread the word about our historic campaign to pass comprehensive non-discrimination protections for transgender Bay Staters by sharing our graphic with your family and friends:
In 2011, a coalition of bipartisan organizations and legislators came together to pass an important bill that protected transgender people in the areas of credit, housing, employment and public education. This important piece of legislation took a critical step forward in our fight for equal rights for all—but our work is not yet over.
Until all transgender people in Massachusetts can feel secure, knowing that they cannot face discrimination in public spaces—including restaurants, hospitals, schools or shopping malls—we must continue to fight.
Last week we were heartened to see the outpouring of support for equality from Americans of all walks of life. Now, let’s finish what we’ve started and ensure that no matter who someone is, discrimination is not who we are as Bay Staters or Americans.
It’s time to add gender identity to existing Massachusetts civil rights law prohibiting discrimination in public spaces. We can’t do it without you, friend.