BOSTON – Freedom For All Massachusetts (FFAM) – the bipartisan campaign fighting to protect the state’s transgender public accommodations protections law from repeal at the ballot in 2018 – today issued the following statement following the announcement by Amazon that Boston is under consideration as a location for HQ2.
“Boston is a great option for Amazon to locate its HQ2, in large part, because our state laws ensure that industry giants like Amazon are able to attract talented employees of all backgrounds who know they are fully protected under the law here. As Massachusetts voters face a dangerous and anti-transgender ballot question this November, it is important to know what impact that vote will have on a decision as monumental as this one. We need to look no further than North Carolina to understand what’s at stake. Let’s work together to make Boston as desirable a location as possible for all business.” – Phil Sherwood, Freedom for All Massachusetts Campaign Manager.
In 2016, Massachusetts became the 18th and most recent state in the country to update its nondiscrimination law to include explicit protections for transgender people in public places. The law was endorsed and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, and it went into effect on October 1, 2016. Opponents of the law have since submitted the low threshold of signatures necessary to force it onto the November 2018 ballot for potential repeal.
Freedom for All Massachusetts enjoys support from the state’s leading law enforcement associations, 16 statewide women’s and victim’s advocacy groups, more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 11 labor unions representing more than 750,000 families, every major professional sports team in New England, the entire MA congressional delegation, the state attorney general, bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, and more.