MassEquality Updates (September 21, 2015)

Freedom Massachusetts Campaign

  • Lobby Day a Success! Freedom Massachusetts had its big Lobby Day event on September 17th. Hundreds packed the State House and heard passionate presentations from bill sponsors Representatives Provost and Rushing and Senator Chang-Diaz. Additional speakers included Lorelei Erisis, writer and activist; Rev. Cameron Partridge, Episcopalian minister; Rep. Paul Tucker of Salem; Karen Young, Vice President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Jonathan Miller of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and Justice Williams from BodyImage4Justice.  Click here to read the Freedom MA press release.

  • Lynn Now 13th Municipality to Protect Transgender People in Public Spaces:  MassEquality is pleased to report that Lynn Mayor Judith Kennedy signed a Council Order establishing a non discrimination ordinance in the City. Lynn is now the 13th  municipality that currently offers public accommodations protections for transgender residents. MassEquality would like to thank Lynn City Councilor and Lynn State Representative Brendan Crighton for his instrumental role in getting this ordinance passed. On September 9th, Freedom Massachusetts launched the Mayors for Freedom Initiative. Click here to read more about Mayors in support.

  • Public Hearing Coming Up: There will be a public hearing on the bill on Tuesday, October 6th at 1PM in Gardner Auditorium, State House. Come out and show your support for this vital bill and stand up for the trans community! For more information and to RSVP, email Carly Burton at:

  • Call for Businesses: Do you know a small or big business that will stand with us to end discrimination against transgender people in public spaces in the Bay State? They can click here to sign up.


LGBT Aging Commission Report Release Event

The Commission held a presentation and discussion of its report recommendations on September 17th at the State House. The LGBT Aging Commission is the first statewide commission in the country to focus on the needs of LGBT older adults. Click here to download their new report (PDF).


Happy Bisexual Awareness Week!

  • September 20th through 26th marks Bisexual Awareness Week, a week-long celebration of the 16th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23rd). Boston has several events planned for this week, including the Bisexual Resource Center's 30th birthday event at Club Café. Click here for more information on these events.
  • The Movement Advancement Project has also released a new infographic for Bisexual Awareness Week highlighting inequalities and disparities facing bisexual people. Click here to read the article and view the infographic.

Other Legislative News

  • We are thrilled to report that the Healthy Youth bill (SB 265/ HB 448) was reported favorably from the Education Committee as redrafted version HB 3754, and has now advanced to the Health Care Financing Committee. This bill would ensure that if a school in Massachusetts offers sexuality education, the curriculum must be comprehensive, medically accurate and age appropriate.
  • We have learned that the Lipodystrophy bill  (SB 618/HB 927) has been scheduled for a public hearing in front of the legislature’s Financial Services Committee on October 20th at 11AM. This bill would require insurance coverage for treatment of a debilitating and disfiguring side effect of HIV medications. Click here to read a Boston Globe article about the bill.


Help Keep MassEquality Strong

We’re all well aware of the issues that are keeping the LGBTQ community from fully lived equality, from homeless youth to aging seniors and everyone in between. You can help us fight those injustices by supporting the work of MassEquality.


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