FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOSTON – July 7, 2016 –Today, following the votes in the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives to approve the compromise version of the Transgender Anti-Discrimination bill, MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH released the following statement:
“Today, Massachusetts has taken a significant step in establishing full equality for all LGBTQ people. MassEquality joins the Massachusetts transgender community in celebrating today’s votes in the House and Senate to approve the Transgender Anti-Discrimination bill and send it to the governor’s desk. We urge Governor Baker to sign this bill without delay, and finally finish the work of securing equal protection under the law for transgender people everywhere in the Commonwealth.
“We are very happy to see that the legislators saw fit to add the emergency preamble to the bill and to set October 1st as the law’s effective date. We trust that the MCAD and the Attorney General’s office will be issuing guidance by the September 1st date set by the bill, and will develop provisions that protect the rights of transgender people to access all public accommodations.
“We once again extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Senate and House Conference Committee—Chairs Sen. William Brownsberger and Rep. John Fernandes, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Sheila Harrington and Rep. Sarah Peake—as well as Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for their leadership and consistent support of this bill. We also thank Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Reps. Denise Provost and Byron Rushing for sponsoring and championing this legislation, and all the lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill as it made its way through the House and Senate.”
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.