This week, Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Senate President Rosenberg, House Speaker DeLeo and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle joined together to declare June as LGBT Pride Month.
As Governor Baker noted in the official announcement, “Massachusetts is proud to be a welcoming state and a champion for supporting equal rights of all of our citizens.” We are lucky to live in a state where these principles have strong bipartisan support—as we saw last year, when Rep. DeLeo, Senator Rosenberg and Governor Baker worked together to enact transgender non-discrimination protections.
Our state’s top lawmakers have been vocal in their support for protecting these hard-won non-discrimination protections that ensure our transgender friends and neighbors can “live freely and without fear in an accepting community,” as Senate President Rosenberg said in his statement commemorating Pride Month.
And Governor Baker, who signed these protections into law nearly one year ago, has already pledged to personally vote to uphold these protections at the ballot box in 2018.
Now that these protections are under threat by a 2018 ballot initiative, bipartisan support from our political leaders is more important than ever.
Our elected representatives are standing up for us and working hard to protect and defend transgender non-discrimination protections. And when lawmakers do the right thing, it’s important that we let them know that we support their work.
That’s why we’re inviting you to kick off Pride by thanking our elected leaders in Massachusetts for standing with transgender people across the state! Tweet at Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, Sen. Rosenberg and Rep. DeLeo that you’re proud of them for standing up for #PrideMonth and #TransLawMA.