This Week: Legislative Sessions Resume in Indiana & Massachusetts

By Adam Polaski • January 5, 2016 • 12:29 pm

With the start of 2016 upon us, lawmakers across the country are preparing to return to their state houses – and today and tomorrow in Indiana and Massachusetts, respectively, legislative sessions officially begin. In each state, fully protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination is a high priority.

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This weekend, just days before lawmakers return to Beacon Hill, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo affirmed his commitment to passing legislation in 2016 that would fully protect transgender Bay Staters from discrimination, saying he is confident that a majority of House members will vote in favor of the bill. The Legislature is considering a bill that would include transgender Bay Staters in an existing law that prohibits discrimination in public services – including hotels, public transit, and businesses. Freedom for All Americans is proud to serve as a leading, founding member of Freedom Massachusetts, the campaign to pass this bill.

In Indiana, where LGBT people have no explicit protections from discrimination, momentum has been steadily increasing for a comprehensive bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, and more. Freedom for All Americans is proud to stand as a coalition partner for Freedom Indiana and Indiana Competes, two campaigns working across the state to make the case for comprehensive non-discrimination.

With millions of Americans calling for an end to LGBT discrimination nationwide, we’re hopeful to advance strong legislation in many states in 2016, including Indiana and Massachusetts. To learn more about where non-discrimination stands in the states, click here.


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