BOSTON — Today a bus that has been traveling the country to promote a toxic anti-transgender message is making a stop in Boston. The bus is being led by the anti-LGBT groups the National Organization for Marriage, the International Organization for the Family — headed by NOM President Brian Brown — and CitizenGo, a conservative online advocacy platform based in Spain.
Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, co-chairs of Freedom Massachusetts, issued the following response:
“As members of the transgender community ourselves, it’s downright frightening to see this bus invade our home community with lies attacking and undermining our basic humanity. This bus is the embodiment of the kind of harassment and discrimination that study after study documents our community combats on a daily basis. We are thankful to Boston Mayor Walsh for raising the transgender flag today on City Hall Plaza to remind us that Boston is a fair and welcoming city and to the all the first responders who are keeping all of us safe during this toxic invasion of our city and state. We are grateful to everyone who has reached out to support us in this moment, and we urge our community – especially our vulnerable transgender youth – to remember that the overwhelming majority of Bostonians and Bay Staters see you and support you.”
In a show of support for the transgender community, Mayor Marty Walsh today raised the transgender flag on City Hall Plaza.
A study released by Suffolk University this week shows that transgender people in Massachusetts overwhelmingly continue to face discrimination when trying to find housing. Opponents of transgender equality in Massachusetts in October submitted the low threshold of signatures – just 1% of the Massachusetts population – needed to put Massachusetts’ law ensuring protections for transgender people from discrimination to a ballot measure in 2018.