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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Bay State.

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Bill to Ensure Full Protections for Transgender People in Massachusetts Clears Key Committee

By Adam Polaski • May 2, 2016, 3:41 pm This morning, May 2, the Massachusetts Joint Judiciary Committee voted in favor of advancing SB 735/HB 1577, the transgender protections bill that has been pending for months in the Massachusetts legislature.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Big Steps Forward in Missouri, Louisiana and South Carolina

By Adam Polaski • April 30, 2016, 8:04 am We're nearing the end of legislative sessions in many states this month, and as they draw to a close, we're seeing continued momentum in favor of LGBT non-discrimination protections – and against anti-LGBT proposals.
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Massachusetts Republican Governor Baker Supports Transgender Access to Public Restrooms

By Megan Clayton • April 21, 2016, 10:32 pm In a Boston Globe piece posted last night, a spokesperson for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reiterated his opposition to discrimination and—for the first time ever—affirmed that the Republican Governor believes transgender people should be able to use the restroom consistent with who they are.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Avalanche of Business & Celebrity Opposition to Anti-LGBT Laws

By Adam Polaski • April 15, 2016, 4:55 pm With steps forward in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, executive orders issued in North Carolina and Mississippi, and legislative advances for anti-LGBT bills in Alabama and Missouri, there was lots happening. Here's a roundup:
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Anti-LGBT Legislation Prompts Historic Pushback

By Adam Polaski • April 8, 2016, 5:04 pm This week Mississippi joined North Carolina as one of the few states to actually pass egregious anti-LGBT legislation this year – but the bill quickly pushed through by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant is one of the worst we've seen in the country.

Transgender Teen in Massachusetts Delivers Moving Testimony in Favor of Full Protections

April 6, 2016, 5:08 pm Brandon Adams, a transgender teenager from Framingham, Massachusetts, testified in front of legislators about the challenges he faced in a state that doesn’t protect him from discrimination in public places.
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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and Moving Forward Nationwide

By Megan Clayton • March 31, 2016, 12:49 pm Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to show support for the transgender community and celebrate the accomplishments of transgender people worldwide. Freedom for All Americans is working hard to advance freedoms for transgender people across the country.
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Boston City Council Passes Resolution in Favor of Full Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections

By Megan Clayton • March 24, 2016, 1:28 pm As lawmakers in North Carolina take egregious steps to criminalize transgender people, the Boston City Council passed a resolution calling on state legislators to pass SB 735/HB 1577 and affirm the common human dignity and rights of transgender people.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: All Eyes on Georgia with Anti-LGBT Bill 1 Signature from Law

By Adam Polaski • March 19, 2016, 9:46 am This week anti-LGBT legislation advanced in states across the country – but nowhere is a bill more extreme or closer to becoming law than in Georgia, where HB 757, a very broad religious exemption bill cobbled together from several anti-LGBT bills, was shoved through the legislature unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Mother of a Transgender Daughter Calls for Non-Discrimination in Massachusetts

February 25, 2016, 12:52 pm "Today I am here to pave the road for equality for my child and for all other transgender people of all ages who walk beside her, and who will follow in her footsteps."

The First Openly Transgender Elected Official in Massachusetts Calls for Full Protections

February 24, 2016, 4:28 pm "Ultimately, we just want to be able to feel safe while being who we are. This is what we want. And this is what these laws do."
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: With Anti-LGBT Bills Advancing, Here’s How We’re Pushing Back

By Adam Polaski • February 13, 2016, 12:06 pm This week, several anti-LGBT bills advanced – and momentum continued to build as fair-minded Americans voiced clear commitment to the fight.
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Where Pro-LGBT Bills and Discriminatory Legislation Advanced

By Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016, 3:31 pm We're in the middle of legislative sessions in nearly every state in the country – and as legislators debate vital issues for their local communities, LGBT issues and bills related to non-discrimination protections have emerged as significant priorities.
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New England Professional Sports Teams Announce Support of MA Transgender Bill

January 11, 2016, 2:26 pm Today the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and TD Garden announced their support of a bill that would protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places, joining the Boston Red Sox, which announced its support in November.
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New England Professional Sports Teams Call for Full Transgender Protections in Massachusetts

By Adam Polaski • January 11, 2016, 1:30 pm This weekend, every major sports team in New England – the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, and TD Garden – announced their support for a bill that would fully protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places.