Today, 16 leading women’s advocacy organizations across Massachusetts—led by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts—hand-delivered a letter to state lawmakers, calling for immediate passage of SB 735/HB 1577, legislation prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public spaces like hotels, restaurants and medical offices.
The letter begins by affirming that transgender women are in fact women—not men—who will will “benefit greatly from the basic protections from discrimination afforded them by SB 735 and HB 1577, while hurting no one.” Noting that opponents of transgender equality have severely distorted the true intent of the bill, the organizations go on to explain that this legislation protects transgender people in the public spaces that are a part of “daily citizenship that most of us take for granted.”
The letter goes on to state:
“We write on behalf of the thousands of women that we represent, to clarify once and for all, that this bill will not make bathrooms and locker rooms unsafe for women and we are not in fear of it. There is nothing in this legislation that facilitates indecent or unsafe behavior in bathrooms. The 2011 law explicitly prohibits people from asserting gender identity for any improper purpose.”
Our campaign manager Carly Burton thanked the 16 organizations for standing up for the rights of transgender Bay Staters, clearly debunking the lies of our opposition:
“The support from these organizations is significant because it demonstrates quite clearly that the arguments against passing this legislation are not based in fact. This legislation does not diminish the safety of women, children or anyone, in fact, it only strengthens our laws to protect our transgender family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”