Today in Massachusetts: Senators Will Debate and Vote on Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 11, 2016 • 10:45 am

It’s an exciting week in Massachusetts! This week in the Bay State, a bill to extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people will be debated and voted on by the state Senate. Just last week, the bill was reported out of committee by an overwhelming majority vote, even after it had been stalled for several months.


The vote comes after serious momentum for the transgender protections bill in Massachusetts.  This week, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said,  “I’m very hopeful that over the next 90 days, the bill will be on the governor’s desk in a form he feels he can sign.” He also contextualized the Massachusetts fight in the broader national effort to secure full protections for transgender people. The Boston Globe reported this week, “To Rosenberg, a positive legislative outcome is important to the cause of transgender rights, here and beyond: ‘We’d be state number 18. We’re adding momentum to a national trend,’ he said.” Sen. Rosenberg is referencing the 17 other states that have already passed full LGBT protections – from California to Iowa to Minnesota. Learn more about where LGBT non-discrimination stands in the states here. 

#TransBillMA would extend existing non-discrimination protections to explicitly protect transgender people in public places like restaurants, doctors offices, malls, and banks.

Freedom for All Americans is proud to serve as a founding partner of Freedom Massachusetts, dedicating Kasey Suffredini as a chair to the campaign for the past year. Under Suffredini’s strategy and leadership, Freedom Massachusetts has recruited and secured endorsements from more than 250 businesses, every major professional sports team in New England, the state’s leading law enforcement associations, 16 women’s and victim’s advocacy groups, more than 350 clergy and congregations, the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, the state attorney general, bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, public endorsements from both the Senate President and the House Speaker, and more.

Learn more about Freedom Massachusetts here.

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