Before, during and after the push for marriage equality, advocates for LGBT nondiscrimination were active on many other fronts, including working to ensure transgender Bay Staters are protected. After all, the freedom to marry doesn’t itself protect people from discrimination.
And though Massachusetts has had statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual Bay Staters since 1989, it wasn’t until 2016 that lawmakers passed protections in public places for our transgender friends and neighbors.
The new law, in addition to 2015’s momentous marriage ruling, are what George and Quinn are thinking about today.
“As a transgender man who loves another man, I celebrate the successful fight for marriage equality across the country,” George says, though he also says it’s important to remember that “rights won can be taken away.”
“As a transgender man who loves another man, I celebrate the successful fight for marriage equality across the country. Unfortunately, rights won can be taken away.” —George
That’s what will happen if the devastating ballot initiative repealing Massachusetts’ transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections is passed this November.
That’s why, even though we live in a forward-thinking state like Massachusetts, George says, “We cannot rest and must ensure we don’t lose the legal protections that transgender people gained in 2016.”