Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition Congratulates California on New Law Ensuring Equal Access for Transgender Students; Urges Mass. Legislature to Pass Transgender Equal Access Bill

Aug 13, 2013
Boston, MA – Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266), ensuring that transgender students can fully access all school activities, sports teams, programs and facilities – including sex- segregated bathrooms and locker rooms – that match their gender identity.

Testimony Before Boston City Council on Fair Housing for Transgender Residents

Jul 24, 2013
July 24, 2013
Committee on Government Operations
Boston City Council
One City Hall Square
Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02201
Dear Chairman O’Malley and Other Members of the Committee:
My name is Carly Burton and I am the Deputy Director of MassEquality, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure

MassEquality Testimony Submitted To Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Transgender Equal Access Bill

Jul 9, 2013
Chairwoman Clark, Chairman O’Flaherty, and members of the committee,
It has been a long day for you. Thank you holding this hearing and allowing me the opportunity to testify. I will be brief.
My name is Kara Suffredini. I am the Executive Director of MassEquality, the Commonwealth’s statewide LGBT political advocacy organization.

Judiciary Committee to Hear Testimony on Transgender Equal Access Bill

Jul 8, 2013
The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hear public testimony on the Transgender Equal Access Bill July 9. The hearing will begin at 1pm in Room A-1 at the State House. 
The Transgender Equal Rights Coalition is urging members of the committee to favorably report  H. 1589/S.

Boy Scouts Lift Gay Youth Ban, Scout Leaders and Trans Youth Left Behind

May 24, 2013

GRAPEVINE, Texas and BOSTON – The Boy Scouts of America voted yesterday to lift their ban on gay youth as members of the organization effective Jan., 1, 2014. The vote by their National Council only considered gay youth, not gay adult leaders or transgender members.

One Small Step in Marathon for Gender Identity Protections

Apr 12, 2013

MassEquality commends the Medford School Committee on passing a new gender identity nondiscrimination policy for Medford Public Schools and looks ahead to next steps.

BOSTON – This week, the Medford School Committee unanimously approved a new gender identity nondiscrimination policy for Medford Public Schools after MassEquality, partner organizations and allies garnered local support for adoption. More than 40 people attended the Medford City Council hearing on this policy in March of this year, followed by multiple op-eds in local outlets.

Send Us Your Stories of Transgender-Based Discrimination

Nov 25, 2012

November 26, 2012—On Oct. 17, 2012, the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover sponsored a debate between state Rep. Jim Lyons and challenger Barbara L’Italien, who were competing for the 18th Essex House District. In answer to a question about their opinions about the Transgender Equal Rights Law, Rep. Lyons, who passionately opposed passage of the law, asserted that he would be the transgender community’s most ardent advocate if he was presented with actual tales of discrimination.

MassEquality Statement on State’s Decision to Appeal District Court Ruling in Case of Transgender Inmate

Sep 27, 2012

 BOSTON, September 27, 2012—Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Correction announced that it will appeal Massachusetts District Court Judge Mark Wolf’s ruling that gender reassignment surgery is medically necessary for an inmate housed at MCI-Norfolk. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:

Historic Transgender Equal Rights Act To Take Effect July 1, 2012

Jun 29, 2012


On July 1, 2012, the Transgender Equal Rights Act will take effect. For the first time in the Commonwealth’s history, transgender residents will be included in the Commonwealth’s statutes, prohibiting the unfair and unjust discrimination they have faced for far too long. Massachusetts will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in extending critical protections to transgender residents in employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes.

MassEquality Statement on US Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act

Jun 28, 2012


Today, the US Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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