BOSTON, January 31, 2012— Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on announcement by US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shawn Donovan that agency will end anti-LGBT discrimination in federal housing policies:
In a heavily attended ceremony held in the Senate Reading Room of the State House, Gov. Deval Patrick signed An Act Relative to Gender Identity, otherwise known as the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, into law.
LGBT Issues – In a touching ceremonial signing, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made history for the state as he signed a new civil rights bill — A law which carries with it the protection of transgender citizens from discrimination in education, employment, housing, and credit.
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. We do this by partnering across issues, identities and communities to build a broad, inclusive and politically powerful movement that changes hearts and minds and achieves policy and electoral victories.