Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Nov. 23 signed into law a bill which will protect transgender individuals from discrimination in education, housing, employment and credit. The bill also modified the state's hate crime laws to protect transgender individuals.
The bill was first introduced in the state legislature in 2007 but has not come up for a vote until this year, according to Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality.
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BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation Wednesday adding the words “gender identity” to the state’s non-discrimination laws, a bid to prevent discrimination against transgender residents seeking housing, employment, credit or post-secondary education.
The bill also expands the state’s hate crimes statutes to include violence perpetrated against transgender men and women.
After six years of lobbying on Beacon Hill, the state’s transgender community yesterday won civil rights protections that have long been extended to other minority groups.
The bill, now on its way to the governor’s desk, will forbid discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, and credit. It will also add gender identification to the state’s hate crimes law.
The bill won final passage amid a rush of lawmaking on the last day before the House and Senate break for winter recess until next year.
While most of the buzz coming out of Beacon Hill has been about State lawmakers and their support of the casino bill, let’s not let that overshadow two very important pieces of legislation also approved this week.
Massachusetts will become the 16th state to treat transgender citizens as a protected class after legislature passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, which not only adds protections to the state's civil rights laws against employment, education, housing and credit discrimination, but also adds gender identity and expression to the state's hate crimes law.
ACLU of Massachusetts legislative counsel Gavi Wolfe wrote the following guest blog.
Congratulations, Massachusetts! Today, with the passage of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill by our state legislature, the Commonwealth has taken another important step forward for equality. Governor Patrick has pledged to sign the legislation into law.