TODAY: Faith Leaders, Transgender Advocates Host Press Conference at King’s Chapel
October 13, 2016

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​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Contact: Angela Dallara
Phone: 646-430-3925
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TODAY: Faith Leaders, Transgender Advocates Host Press Conference at King’s Chapel
Speakers will address 2018 ballot initiative, lawsuit filed by handful of churches, next steps for campaign

BOSTON — Today faith leaders will stand alongside Freedom Massachusetts in hosting a press conference at King’s Chapel on Thursday, October 13 at 10:30am to officially respond to recent news, discuss next steps for the campaign, and reiterate a broad range of support for the transgender protections law passed earlier this year. Details below:

WHO: Faith leaders, women’s and anti-violence advocates, families, business owners, and supporters of transgender people in Massachusetts
WHAT: Press conference to discuss next steps for upholding transgender protections law and preserving the prohibition on discrimination against transgender people in public places and government buildings such as libraries, stores, restaurants and hospitals
WHERE: King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 10:30am EST

Confirmed speakers include:
Mason Dunn, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts and executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Reverend Joy K. Fallon, senior minister at King’s Chapel, the first Unitarian church in the country, founded 1686
Reverend Courtney Jones, associate pastor at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain
Reverend Tom O’Brien, father of an 8-year-old transgender son with his wife Rachel O’Brien; and pastor at Memorial Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ in Sudbury
Dave Rini, attorney at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Kaden Mohamed, a transgender man living in Massachusetts who is directly affected by the new law

The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth confirmed this week that opponents of the transgender protections law have collected enough signatures to bring the law to a 2018 ballot measure. The news follows a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom seeking to create an unprecedented special exemption from the law, above and beyond the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion for all Americans. Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law was updated this year to include transgender people in public places and took effect October 1.

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Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.


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