April 14, 2016
BOSTON — Following Governor Baker’s speech at a Boston Spirit Magazine event last night, Freedom Massachusetts campaign co-chairs Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn released the following statement:
“It’s understandable why the transgender community and its many allies are frustrated. This bill has been talked about on Beacon Hill for a decade, and every day of discrimination in the Commonwealth is a day of harm and injustice. Transgender people lose their lives for being who they are, and this important bill would ensure explicit protections that make their lives better and make Massachusetts a safer, more welcoming place.
“Governor Baker said in his remarks that he opposes discrimination and that Massachusetts residents should continue telling stories of transgender people and their loved ones. Sharing our stories has been a priority for this campaign, and it has helped us attain endorsements for the transgender protections bill from more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 14 mayors and municipalities, leading law enforcement organizations, women’s groups and advocates against violence and sexual assault, the entire MA congressional delegation, all of New England’s champion sports teams, bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate, and more. We have many stories, and we will share them with the Governor and other leaders on Beacon Hill anytime and anywhere. We also have answers to any questions lawmakers may have on this simple, one-page bill. We look forward to further sharing our stories with legislators and the Governor, and we are hopeful that they are listening and will make this bill law this year.”
In the past ten months, Freedom Massachusetts has generated more than 10,000 contacts across the state who have reached out to Governor Baker in support of the transgender protections bill in the form of emails, phone calls, letters, meetings, in-person visits, and postcards. The campaign has also generated more than 33,000 contacts to legislators.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people in the Commonwealth are treated fairly and equally under the law.