This week, Panera CEO Ronald M. Shaich announced his support for legislation to update Massachusetts non-discrimination laws to include protections for transgender Bay Staters in public spaces, saying:
I support this initiative personally, and would be happy to have my name attached in support of the Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination.
The legislation already boasts support from a long list of business giants including Twitter, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, and Eastern Bank, among over 150 others.
Iconic education institutions—like Harvard University and the Parent Teacher Association—have also come out in vocal support of full protections for transgender Bay Staters.
Shaich lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children. As a business leader, a husband and a parent, his endorsement sends a strong signal that this legislation not only makes good business-sense, but is necessary to fostering strong communities built on family values of acceptance, tolerance and inclusion.
We have the votes in the legislature to win full transgender protections in 2015, if leadership calls the legislation for a vote. CLICK HERE to urge legislators to take up a vote—without delay.