BOSTON — September 9, 2015 — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and 10 other municipal leaders across Massachusetts today called on the State Legislature and Governor Baker to swiftly pass HB 1577 and SB 735, legislation which would ensure transgender people are protected from discrimination in public places. Under the banner Mayors for Freedom, each leader represents a municipality that currently offers public accommodations protections for transgender residents and visitors.
Joining co-chairs Walsh and Driscoll, the Mayors for Freedom leaders include Amherst Town Manager John Musante, Brookline Board of Selectmen Chair Neil Wishinsky, Cambridge Mayor David Maher, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Swampscott Town Manager Thomas Younger, and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.
“I am proud that Boston is committed to providing protection from discrimination in public places, regardless of gender identity, ” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Everyone has the right to enjoy retail stores, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, theaters, public parks, and public transportation. Our diversity and inclusive community is what makes Boston so strong. I call on the Legislature to pass this bill so we can do more to provide tangible protections to all of our Commonwealth’s residents and visitors.”
“Massachusetts is a progressive and forward-thinking Commonwealth, a place where we should embrace the notion that all people deserve the same protections and rights, no matter who they are or how they identify,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Every day, every resident of Salem has the peace-of-mind in knowing that they are protected everywhere they go and I am proud of that fact. I strongly encourage our state leaders to pass this legislation so that transgender people from across the Bay State can have those same protections.”
“The leadership of these mayors and town administrators speaks volumes about the benefits each of these leaders has seen in their respective jurisdictions after enacting these local ordinances,” said Mason Dunn, cochair of the Freedom Massachusetts campaign to pass An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law. Right now, state law doesn’t protect transgender Bay Staters from discrimination in the places we all are when we’re not at home, work or school. Freedom Massachusetts is bringing together all of the diverse voices who support these protections, from Republicans and Democrats to some of the region’s most recognized brand names. Together, our collective voice will send a powerful message that it’s time to update our law.