Yesterday, nearly 40 transgender Bay Staters and their families joined together at the Massachusetts Statehouse to meet face-to-face with lawmakers, urging them to pass HB 1577/HB735—legislation prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public spaces—this year. Throughout the day, these supporters met with dozens of legislators, many of whom are still undecided on this crucial civil rights legislation.
Connecting transgender people and their families with lawmakers is a core tenet of our comprehensive strategy to pass this bill this year. Our Campaign Manager Carly Burton explained in a statement released today:
“Creating opportunities for legislators to hear directly from transgender people and their families is a critical part of our strategy to ensure this bill becomes law. It’s important that legislators who will ultimately vote on this legislation understand that this impacts real people who call Massachusetts home.”
Yesterday’s lobby day couldn’t have come at a more important time. Just last week, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he will soon be polling members of the House to gauge support for moving the bill—which is currently stalled in the Joint Committee in the Judiciary—forward this year. There’s no doubt that after hearing directly from the people impacted by this legislation yesterday, it’s harder for lawmakers to produce any good reason this commonsense legislation should not become law.
Even if you weren’t at the Statehouse, you can help make the case to lawmakers too. CLICK HERE to urge Massachusetts lawmakers to advance HB 1577/ SB 735 without delay!