In 2011, the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition (MATERC) successfully advocated for a bill that provided legal protections to transgender and gender non-conforming people in the areas of credit/lending, housing, employment, and public education. Despite this victory, we still need to ensure that all people, regardless of their gender identity or expression, can live without fear of discrimination. In Massachusetts, there are no explicit legal protections protecting transgender people in places of public accommodations, or the areas that we visit when we are not at work, home, or school. These places include medical facilities, public transportation, restaurants, and more.
Freedom Massachusetts, a new bi-partisan initiative that comprises elected officials, faith organizations, businesses, and community groups, is working hard to ensure that transgender people are provided with explicit legal protections in all public spaces. Visit the Freedom Massachusetts website at http://www.freedommassachusetts.org/ to plug into the campaign and to find out more about the Lobby Day on September 17th.