MassEquality Applauds Passage of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill by MA House

Jun 1, 2016

MassEquality Applauds Passage of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill by MA House


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality


BOSTON — June 1, 2016 — In response to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ vote on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to pass HB 4343, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination, MassEquality's Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH released the following statement:

“MassEquality applauds the House of Representatives’ vote to pass HB 4343 today, and joins the transgender community in celebrating this milestone in transgender rights in Massachusetts. The bill passed by a veto-proof majority of 116-36. This historic vote clears the way for full anti-discrimination protection for transgender people across Massachusetts, and is a significant victory in the face of the disturbing trend of legislation targeting transgender people and undermining their basic civil rights being introduced in states and municipalities across the country.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and bill co-sponsors Denise Provost and Byron Rushing for their strong support of the bill and their leadership on this important issue. We also thank the 116 Representatives who voted today to extend the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law to cover transgender people and finally close the glaring gap in legal protection that was left open with the signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Law in 2012. With their vote, they have affirmed the principle that discrimination has no place in Massachusetts."


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.