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.

Nov 23, 2011

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.

Nov 17, 2011

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.

Nov 17, 2011

BOSTON – Transgender people would be protected from discrimination in Massachusetts under a bill that is close to becoming law after winning Senate passage Wednesday.

The measure was approved by the state Senate on a voice vote without debate one day after the House passed it 95-58. The legislation still needs routine final votes in both houses before being sent to Gov. Deval Patrick, who supports it.

Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, said the state's estimated 33,000 transgender residents want to be able to live their lives without fear of discrimination.

Nov 16, 2011

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.

Nov 16, 2011

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.

Nov 16, 2011


Nov 3, 2011


MassEquality stands with Occupy Boston

In a move which could have been expected Mass Equality announces support for Occupy Boston. Mass Equality is an organization which supports equal rights for the LGBT.

Oct 8, 2011

BOSTON, MA—The LGBT community is disproportionately represented among those who are victims of the nation’s ongoing economic crisis. We are the un- and underemployed. We are the un- and underinsured. We are the homeless and under-housed. And we are disproportionately impacted by government-sanctioned discrimination and denial of resources and protections.

If any group understands the plight of the 99% given voice by Occupy Boston, it’s the Commonwealth’s LGBT 6.5%:

Oct 7, 2011

Reacting to the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country,  Gov. Deval Patrick and other Massachusetts Democrats voiced support and encouragement on Thursday, but took a wait-and-see attitude about whether the populist message could rival the emergence of the Tea Party.

Oct 6, 2011