Community Celebrates Ceremonial Signing of Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Jan 21, 2012

 BOSTON, Mass. -- Remarks during the signing ceremony for Massachusetts' new transgender civil-rights law lasted less than an hour when, on Thursday, Jan. 19, activists, lawmakers, the governor, and state constitutional officers gathered before noon on Beacon Hill in the Senate Reading Room. There, in the old Senate chamber, several hundred joyful and grateful people marked an occasion some were not quite sure they would ever celebrate.

Words and Images: Transgender Rights Come to Massachusetts

Jan 20, 2012


In a celebratory gathering at the Statehouse yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ceremonially signed the Massachusetts' Transgender Equal Rights Bill into law.


Photographs of the momentous event displayed here were captured by photographer Marilyn Humphries.



Transgender Rights Become Law

Jan 20, 2012

Click here for a link to a pop-up of Metro Boston's coverage of the bill signing.  

A Milestone in Massachusetts: Trans Rights Bill Signed

Jan 20, 2012


The moment that transgender activists in Massachusetts had been waiting for finally came Thursday as Gov. Deval Patrick sat at a desk at the statehouse and signed into law a bill that bans many types of discrimination.

Gov. Patrick Signs Trans Rights Bill At Ceremony On Thursday

Jan 19, 2012

An ebullient crowd gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Gov. Deval Patrick’s ceremonial signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill. 

Gov Signs Transgender Rights Bill

Jan 19, 2012


N, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial signing Thursday of a civil rights bill that extends protection from discrimination to people based on their gender identity or gender expression. 

Ceremony Marks Passage of Mass. Transgender Law

Jan 19, 2012


Transgender people are celebrating a new state law that prohibits discrimination against them in employment, housing, insurance and credit.


Celebrating Fair Play And Equal Justice Under the Law

Jan 19, 2012


There's nothing like a victory for equal rights to restore my faith in human courage and basic decency. So I braved the cold in order to show up for Governor Deval Patrick's ceremonial and very public signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Law at the State House this morning.