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Friday, October 5, 2018
Contact: Matt Wilder
Yes on 3 Launches Campaign Ads in Support of Transgender Nondiscrimination Law
BOSTON – “Yes on 3,” the bipartisan coalition seeking to uphold the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law at the ballot this Election Day, has released its first ads of the campaign. The three ads feature prominent supporters of the law, including a transgender teen from Massachusetts with his family, a former police chief with three decades of experience on the force, and the executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
“I love my kids, and I’d do anything to protect them,” says Don, father to a transgender teenage son, in one of the ads. “For me, that includes taking care of my transgender son, Ian. I want him to be protected from discrimination in public places, like restaurants.”
The video explains that Ian was born a girl, but always knew he was a boy.
Rep. Paul Tucker, a 32-year veteran of the Salem Police Force and former Salem Police Chief for five years, speaks to safety concerns in another ad. “Laws already exist to prevent assault and hold offenders accountable,” he says. “In the two years since state law began protecting transgender people from discrimination, there’s been no increase in public safety incidents, including in restrooms. Ensuring dignity and respect for everyone is not a threat to public safety.”
In the third ad, Rep. Tucker is joined by Debra Robbin, the executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. “Dignity and respect. That’s what this is about,” Debra explains.
The three ads can be viewed below:
“My Kid,” featuring Don and his son Ian: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/my-k/
“Community,” featuring Rep. Tucker: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/community/
“Important,” featuring Rep. Tucker and Debra Robbin: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/important/
In 2016, at the urging of civic, business and community leaders throughout the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts 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 in November 2018.
The Williams Institute released a peer-reviewed study in September that found there has been no increase in public safety incidents in restrooms, locker rooms, or changing rooms in cities and towns in MA with transgender-inclusive public accommodations ordinances — including in Boston, where an ordinance has been in place for more than a decade.
A “yes” vote on question 3 keeps critical protections for transgender people from discrimination in place. A “no” vote repeals this provision of the public accommodations law.
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.