FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Contact: Matt Wilder
Yes on 3 Campaign to Uphold Transgender Protections Passes $1 Million in Corporate Donations
Campaign also releases a final video about what’s at stake with Question 3
BOSTON – Yes on 3, the bipartisan coalition seeking to uphold the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law at the ballot on Tuesday, announced today it has secured more than $1 million dollars in donations from the local business community as of November 4. Business – large and small – have contributed to the Yes on 3 campaign for nearly two years ensuring the campaign’s message is able to reach as many voters as possible. The announcement was made ahead of the next state campaign finance report due on November 5.
“We are fortunate to have the backing of a broad coalition of support in this campaign to uphold the law that protects transgender people from discrimination,” said Kasey Suffredini, Campaign Co-Chair. “The investment from the business community sends a powerful message that voting Yes on 3 is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.”
In total, the Yes on 3 campaign has raised nearly $5 million in contributions from a wide variety of donors. 90% of donors are from Massachusetts.
Today, the Yes on 3 campaign also released a final video that showcases what’s at stake with this election. The video can be viewed at https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/videos/
In 2016, at the urging of civic, business and community leaders throughout Massachusetts, the legislature passed – with a bipartisan, supermajority vote – the historic nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places. Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law in July 2016. Shortly after it went into effect in October 2016, a small group of opponents gathered the minimum number of signatures required to place the law on the ballot for repeal.
Yes on 3 has garnered support from more than 1,500 coalition partners across the Commonwealth from a variety of business sectors, including healthcare, law firms and associations, and professional sports franchises. The biggest corporate donors to the campaign are C&S Grocers at $125K and Blue Cross Blue Shield at $100K.
Other highlights include:
Health Care: $271k
Financial Services & Insurance: $325k
Life Science/Pharma/BioTech: $70k
Law Firms/Associations: about $70k
Industry and Business Associations: Almost $30k.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mass Business Roundtable, MassBio, Mass Health and Hospital Association, among others
TD Bank is one of the latest donors to show their support for the campaign, donating $20K. They join a long list of financial services companies on the coalition.
Massachusetts is the first state in the nation where transgender protections will be up for a vote on a statewide ballot measure. Currently, Massachusetts is among 19 states and more than 250 municipalities with nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places. The Massachusetts law also protects transgender people from discrimination in public restrooms and locker rooms. Yes on 3 has a coalition of more than 1,500 organizations, law enforcement officials, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention experts, business leaders, members of the faith community, and more who all support upholding the law at the ballot.
Freedom for All Massachusetts is the coalition working to uphold the state’s current nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places like restaurants, retail shops and hospitals, ensuring that Massachusetts continues to be a national leader on equality and fairness for all. A November 2018 ballot referendum will ask voters whether they want to retain the law, which has been effective since 2016.