BOSTON — Today full protections for transgender people in public places becomes statewide law in Massachusetts. The law passed overwhelmingly with a bipartisan supermajority in the legislature earlier this year and was endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, who signed it in July.
This law makes Massachusetts the 18th state in the U.S. to ensure protections for transgender people in public places.
“For me, as a transgender man living and working in Massachusetts every day, this law has a deeply personal impact on me and my loved ones,” said Mason Dunn, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts. “For the first time in the history of our Commonwealth, I can leave my house knowing that I will be treated equally under the law, without fear of discrimination. This is a shining moment in Massachusetts’ history and legacy as an inclusive, welcoming place for all.”
The transgender protections law passed with endorsements from more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 11 labor unions representing 750,000 families, leading law enforcement organizations, dozens of women’s groups and advocates against violence and sexual assault, all of New England’s championship sports teams, and bipartisan leadership around the state.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law.