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.
Recent bullying accusations have brought former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s anti-gay legislative history to the forefront. Romney is currently under fire for claims that he bullied another student while in school, which has brought up his actions as Governor that showed his stance on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues.