BOSTON – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today enacted regulations that ensure transgender men and women have access to public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender they live everyday. A bill currently before the Massachusetts legislature would ensure transgender men and women have explicit protections from discrimination in public places, such as parks, medical offices, restaurants, and retail establishments, as well as restrooms and locker rooms.
“We applaud Mayor de Blasio’s leadership and call on lawmakers here in Massachusetts to follow suit,” said Carly Burton, Freedom Massachusetts Campaign Manager. “Hundreds of cities and 18 other states across the nation have already put these protections in place. Massachusetts should uphold its reputation as a leader on equality and ensure that all people, including those who are transgender, can live their daily lives without fear of discrimination simply because of who they are.”
Currently, there is no explicit prohibition on discrimination against transgender people in public places in the Commonwealth. Equal treatment in employment, housing, K-12 education and credit has been law since 2012. 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. In addition, nearly 200 local businesses and organizations – including the region’s professional sports teams – have also voiced strong support for the legislation.
State Representatives Byron Rushing and Denise Provost and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are lead sponsors of the bill (House Bill 1577/Senate Bill 735).
For more information, visit www.freedommassachusetts.org.
Freedom Massachusetts is the bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people in the Commonwealth are treated fairly and equally under the law.