FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOSTON – September 1, 2016 –In response to the release of official guidance byAttorney General Maura Healey’s office and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on implementing Massachusetts’ new transgender rights law, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:
“MassEquality congratulates the Attorney General’s office and MCAD on producing such clear guidance for the implementation of the new transgender public accommodations law, and thanks them for helping to ensure that the law will be enforced fairly.
“This is an important milestone in the state’s march towards full equality and justice for all citizens. We’re very pleased with the guidance from the Attorney General and MCAD’s offices. The guidelines are clear, fair, and protect the safety of all people in Massachusetts. Finally, transgender people have safe and secure access to all public accommodations in the state. We look forward to October 1 when the law goes into full effect and we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the public safety of all people will be protected.”
The transgender anti-discrimination law was passed by the Senate on May 12th with a vote of 33 to 4, and the House version of the bill passed on June 1st with a vote of 116-36. A compromise bill reconciling language differences between the House and Senate versions was released from a conference committee on July 6th. The following day, the bill was passed by both the Senate and the House by wide margins. The bill was signed into law by Governor Baker on July 8th.
MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.