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Mass. Legislation Now Protects Transgender Community

Dan Meyer
Edge
Jul 2, 2012
"The support with this bill is widespread and there was much celebration at the moment of its passage," said Suffredini

 

On July 1, Massachusetts became the 16th state to enact a gender identity equal rights law as part of its non-discrimination policy. The Transgender Equal Rights Bill, now called the Act Relative to Gender Identity, will protect individuals against discrimination in employment, housing, education and credit.

New law backs transgender residents

Adam Sege, Globe Correspondent
Boston Globe
Jul 2, 2012
“This a tremendously historic and life-changing day for transgender people across the state, and really for anybody that values fairness,” said Kara Suffredini

 

When Ethan St. Pierre began the transition to life as a man a decade ago, the Haverhill resident didn’t think the change would cost him his job as a supervisor for a security company.

Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act Becomes Law

Jim Lopata
Boston Spirit
Jul 1, 2012
“This law includes essential protections for transgender youth, adults, and families and is a life-changing piece of legislation,” said Kara Suffredini

 

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.

Anti-Discrimination Law Protecting Transgendered Individuals Goes into Effect Today

Simone Shenny
Associated Press
Jul 1, 2012

 

BOSTON (AP) — A new law anti-discrimination law protecting transgender individuals in Massachusetts is coming into force.

The Transgender Equal Rights Bill will take effect Sunday — just over seven months after Gov. Deval Patrick signed it into law.

Historic Transgender Equal Rights Act To Take Effect July 1, 2012

TRT Editor
The Rainbow Times
Jun 30, 2012
This law includes essential protections for transgender youth, adults, and families and is a life-changing piece of legislation,” said Kara Suffredini

 

Transgender Equal Rights Act to take effect in Massachusetts

Robert Rizzuto
Springfield Republican
Jun 29, 2012

 

Beginning on Sunday, transgender citizens in Massachusetts will be legally protected from certain forms of discrimination, as they are in 15 other states and in Washington D.C.

Unfinished business

Sue O'Connell
Bay Windows
Jun 27, 2012

 

Time to get moving on public accommodations

Unfinished business

Sue O'Connell
Bay Windows
Jun 27, 2012

Time to get moving on public accommodations

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.

3rd Annual Festival of Food: Showcases Cape Cod’s Hottest Restaurants & QuickFire Challenge

The Rainbow Times
Jun 13, 2012

 

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.

No mention of ‘bisexual,’ ‘transgender’ under Romney

Murray Waas and Christopher Rowland
Boston Globe
Jun 12, 2012

 

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.