Freedom MA Urges Gov. Baker to Prioritize Transgender Legislation in Tonight’s State of the Commonwealth Address
January 21, 2016

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Boston – As Governor Baker prepares to give his State of the Commonwealth address this evening, Freedom Massachusetts, the campaign to pass the statewide public accommodations bill that would protect all transgender Bay Staters from discrimination in public places, is calling on him to prioritize SB 735/HB 1577. Governor Baker has not yet said whether he would sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

“Governor Baker has an opportunity tonight to address one of the most important pieces of legislation currently pending in the statehouse, which is the bill that would ensure full protections for all transgender people in Massachusetts,” said Carly Burton, campaign manager of Freedom Massachusetts. “No one should fear discrimination for being who they are. This bill would make Massachusetts a better place to live and work, and it would ensure Massachusetts’ reputation as a beacon of liberty and freedom in America. We hope Governor Baker makes this bill a priority in his speech tonight, and that he signs it into law when it arrives at his desk.”

Earlier this month, every major professional sports team in New England announced their support of the bill. Fourteen Mayors and town leaders from across the Commonwealth – including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll – have called on the legislation to be passed. More than 200 businesses across the state have endorsed the bill, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo have also announced their support of the legislation.

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and State Representatives Byron Rushing and Denise Provost are lead sponsors of the bill. For more information, visit

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