Thanks to your calls and emails, the Senate allotted $100,000 to the state GLBT Youth Commission, whose important work includes improving the climate for LGBT students by advocating for anti-LGBT bullying resources. This is $75,000 more than was included in the House budget.
Noting the statewide consensus for its passage and the growing trend at the state and federal level for enacting non-discrimination protections for transgender people, the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition is calling on the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary to report the bill favorably out of committee so that it may be debated and voted on by the full House and Senate.
BOSTON, May 25, 2011—Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law yesterday a measure banning employment discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Nevada is the 14th state to prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people.
“We applaud Nevada for protecting all residents,” said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. “Everyone should have the same opportunities to work, and this bill will help Nevada residents who are transgender support themselves and their families.”
BOSTON — A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the state millions of dollars each year. These costs are the result of reduced income tax revenue, expenditures on public assistance programs, and other costs related to an increased need for public assistance programs.
The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the Transgender Equal Rights Bill on Wednesday, June 8, at 1 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. The bill would update Massachusetts' nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws to include transgender people. We are encouraging supporters to submit written, rather than oral, testimony on this important legislation to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. To submit your testimony, please mail a copy to each of the Committee Chairs:
BOSTON, MAY 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Council Vote To Confirm Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk’s Nomination To The Supreme Judicial Court: