Freedom Massachusetts Honored by the City of Cambridge for Helping Pass Transgender Non-Discrimination ProtectionsBy Megan Clayton • June 23, 2016 • 1:17 pm
Freedom Massachusetts, which recently helped lead the charge to update Massachusetts law to ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places, is being honored by the City of Cambridge.
On June 11 Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons presented Freedom Massachusetts with a proclamation lauding the group for its specific work helping to pass #TransBillMA and general dedication to ensuring “that all people are treated fairly and equally under the law throughout the Commonwealth.”
The proclamation reads, in part:
“The Mayor of Cambridge, on behalf of the GLBT Commission, the City Council, and the entire City of Cambridge, go on record congratulating Freedom Massachusetts and all the Steering Committee organizations for being honored at the 2016 Cambridge Gay Pride Brunch.”
Other coalition partners in the effort to pass #TransBillMA were also honored, including the Massachusetts ACLU, MassEquality, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and many more.
In a year when transgender rights are being challenged across the country, the passage of #TransBillMA is a welcome example of the positive change that comes when a diverse coalition of people and groups stand up for full LGBT equality. Massachusetts is the first state since 2014 to pass a bill ensuring explicit protections for transgender people in public spaces, but this session’s victory could be a bellwether of the progress that is possible in other states.
Freedom for All Americans is a founding partner of Freedom Massachusetts and has dedicated Kasey Suffredini, Chief Program Officer at FFAA, as a chair to the campaign for the past year.
We’re proud to have been a part of Freedom Massachusetts, working to highlight the life stories and elevate the voices of transgender Bay Staters—a strategy that was not only politically key but empowered so many people across the state.