As of July 1, Massachusetts joins sixteen states and the District of Columbia in providing legal protection against discrimination based on gender identity or expression in employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes.
As of today no citizen of Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be fired from a job for being transgender. The Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act took effect at the stroke of midnight July 1.
This Sunday, on July 1, 2012, the Transgender Equal Rights Bill will take effect. For the first time in the state’s history, transgender residents will be included in the state’s civil rights laws.
This is momentous. There are only, by best estimates, about 33,000 transgender residents in the state. But when we protect them and their families, we make the state safer for everyone, because as a society, we are only as strong as our most vulnerable neighbors.
BOSTON, Mass — MassEquality announced yesterday that the Third Annual Taste of Provincetown will take place Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6pm at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street. Attendees will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, les amuse-bouches, and fine wines and cocktails contributed by some of Cape Cod’s most highly-rated restaurants and celebrity chefs.
By Murray Waas and Christopher Rowland for Boston Globe
Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.