MassEquality Statement on the Vote to Uphold the Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law

Nov 7, 2018

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


BOSTON – November 7, 2018 – Yesterday, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly chose to uphold the state’s nondiscrimination law that has protected transgender people in the Commonwealth for the past two years. In response, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:

“Yesterday’s vote made history for transgender people, both in Massachusetts and across the country. MassEquality joins the transgender community, our supporters, and our coalition partners in the Yes on 3 campaign in celebrating this important victory against opponents of transgender rights.

“Massachusetts has a long history of supporting fairness and inclusion. With yesterday’s vote on Question 3, the people decisively affirmed the values of justice and equality that are the hallmarks of our Commonwealth. Thousands of voters across Massachusetts went to the polls to defend everyone’s right to use and enjoy public spaces without fear of discrimination.

“We thank the hundreds of volunteers who spent countless hours reaching out to voters ahead of yesterday’s election; our coalition partners who dedicated their efforts to defeating this shameful attempt to deprive transgender people of their rights and protection under the law; the businesses, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, legislators, progressive organizations, celebrities and ordinary citizens who spoke out and took action in defense of this law and of transgender people; and the voters who sent a clear and powerful message to the nation: Massachusetts stands for fairness and equality for all.”


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.