Last night, the Melrose Board of Aldermen passed a resolution endorsing a YES vote on Question 3 this November to uphold basic protections for transgender people in Massachusetts.
The Board’s vote came after impassioned testimony from local residents and advocates, including Lizbeth Deselm—an openly transgender member of the Melrose School Board Committee—who said simply that “at their core, protections for transgender people in Massachusetts are human rights.”
Our campaign co-chair Kasey Suffredini celebrated the momentum in Melrose and thanked local lawmakers for adding their voice to our robust coalition of nearly 2,000 organizations, safety advocates, businesses and elected leaders who are speaking out for dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors:
Support for the ‘Yes on 3’ campaign is strong and comes from every corner of the Commonwealth. Knowing that the community of Melrose is once again standing up for dignity and respect for all people, including those who are transgender, sends a powerful message that there is no room for discrimination or harassment in our cities and towns. We encourage everyone to vote ‘Yes on 3’ to uphold our state’s law and reputation as a place that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We are thankful to the Board of Aldermen for their leadership on this important issue.
Melrose joins a growing roster of municipalities that have gone on the record to endorse a Yes on 3 vote, including Arlington, which passed a similar resolution this summer.
And this endorsement couldn’t come at a more crucial time for this campaign, as hundreds of volunteers prepare to spend the weekend knocking on doors and making phone calls across the state—talking to their neighbors and community members about the importance of voting Yes on 3 to defend dignity and respect for transgender people in Massachusetts.
You can sign up for our September Weekend of Action here—and if you’re in Boston, make sure you plan to join us next Sunday, September 16th, for our Yes on 3 campaign rally!