Transgender Bay Staters Officially Protected as #TransBillMA Goes Into Effect
October 1, 2016

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Today, for the first time in the history of the Commonwealth, transgender people are fully equal under Massachusetts’ state law.

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#TransBillMA goes into effect today—becoming #TransLawMA and guaranteeing transgender Bay Staters are now protected from discrimination in public places like restaurants, public transportation, doctors offices, and government buildings.

For our own campaign co-chair Mason Dunn, protections in public accommodations is personal:  “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,” he said. “For the first time in the history of our Commonwealth, I can leave my house knowing that I will be treated equally, without fear of discrimination.”

The implementation of this law is the culmination of a decade-long fight that united lead businesses, New England’s championship sports teams, hundreds of faith leaders across diverse traditions, iconic universities, and an unprecedented grassroots movement—all singularly committed to making Massachusetts a fairer and more equal place to live, work, and do business.

Transgender Bay Staters, who were at the forefront of the fight for their equal protections, are celebrating today. A 2014 report found that 65% of surveyed transgender people reported experiencing discrimination at a business or other public place.

For these brave and resilient residents—who shared their stories countless times even when it meant risking harassment and discrimination—#TransLawMA means they are freer, safer, and more equal.

Transgender people have been protected from housing and employment discrimination under state law since 2011.

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