FFAA Proud to Support New Massachusetts Campaign to Secure Non-Discrimination Protections for Transgender Bay StatersBy Freedom for All Americans • June 24, 2015 • 10:01 am
Today, Freedom for All Americans is proud to support the launch of Freedom Massachusetts, the bipartisan campaign to update the state’s non-discrimination law to include gender identity protections for public accommodations— the places all of us are when not at home, work or school.
The campaign launches today with the support of three major corporations—Harvard Pilgrim, Google and Eastern Bank—that know discrimination isn’t just wrong, it’s bad for business too. In the coming weeks and months, Freedom Massachusetts will work to advance S.B. 735 and H.B. 1577, An Act Relative To Transgender Anti-Discrimination, to ensure that transgender Bay Staters are protected from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, hotels and parks.
Karen Young, Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, said this updating the state’s public accommodation law is an important next step for Massachusetts:
“Ensuring people can experience protection in public accommodations is essential to addressing health care disparities. It’s critically important that people be free from discrimination and harassment in health settings and other public accommodations having an effect on the access to health care and quality of life of transgender people in Massachusetts. Harvard Pilgrim is proud to support Freedom Massachusetts in making that a reality in Massachusetts.”
Freedom for All Americans’ Kasey Suffredini, who is serving as a co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts, said this legislation is not just about Massachusetts treating all of its residents fairly—but ensuring that the Bay State can attract and retain top talent for years to come:
“Businesses like Google, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Eastern Bank support Freedom Massachusetts because they know comprehensive nondiscrimination protections are essential for both communities and corporations to thrive. Updating our law isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s something we have to do if we’re serious about ensuring Massachusetts can remain a competitive state where companies look to locate because of our access to the best and brightest talent.
“People spend so much time in these types of public spaces – shops, restaurants, parks. No one should have to worry about whether they’ll face discrimination when they’re out with friends or loved ones. We have an opportunity right now to fix this omission in our state law, and we’re looking forward to amplifying the diversity of voices across Massachusetts who are standing with us.”
Already, 12 cities and municipalities across Massachusetts protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces. But this year, we can pass legislation ensuring that regardless of location, all transgender Bay Staters can feel safe and live free from unwarranted discrimination.