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Mass. AG Takes on Anti-Trans Lies

Mass. AG Takes on Anti-Trans Lies


Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recently sent a letter to two state government members urging them to see through anti-trans distortions and recommend a bill to extend nondiscrimination protections to trans citizens.

Writing to Chairman Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty (D-Chelsea) and Chairwoman Sen. Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Coakley urged the Judiciary Committee to give approval to the Transgender Equal Rights Act.

The legislation would extend nondiscrimination protections to cover gender identity and expression and ban discrimination in areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit. Sex, sexual orientation, religion and nationality are among several classifications that already receive protection. However, moves to finally enact this legislation have met with strong resistance from religious conservatives.

Video campaigns supported by the Massachusetts Family Institute (linked to designated hate group the Family Research Council) have labelled the legislation a ”bathroom bill” and alleged that it would mean men in dresses would be able to use female restrooms to assault and rape women and children.

In response, Coakley’s letter stresses these supposed concerns have no basis in fact.

In the letter obtained by Bay Windows, Coakley notes that  recently, “opponents began running radio ads that mischaracterize the bill to foster fear and bigotry, specifically by terming it the “bathroom bill” and threatening that its passage will permit men to dress as women for the purpose of entering restrooms to engage in unlawful conduct and claim protection under this law. Given the incorrect and unfortunate misconceptions generated by such statements, I wish to address this issue directly.”

Coakley notes that the bill will do nothing to change existing law, saying “As a prosecutor for more than 25 years, I can emphatically state that this bill only increases our ability to prosecute criminal conduct and protect the civil rights of all, and does nothing to restrict our ability to protect victims of any crimes.” She cites that the Office of Personal Management already requires federal employers to allow their employees to use the restroom or locker room that matches their gender identity and no such troubles have arisen.

Coakley goes on to slam the  implication that trans people are all budding sex offenders, saying “Not only is this characterization inaccurate, it is deeply offensive and insulting.”

Coakley cites that testimony against the bill was unable to give “a single instance where an individual has attempted to use this type of gender identity or expression protection as a defense to claims of criminal conduct or violation of privacy in any of the jurisdictions that have passed similar laws.”

Finally, Coakley adds, “Contrary to some of the commentary, it does not extend any new protections to sex offenders,” and then concludes by asking that the Committee give “a favorable recommendation” to “extending equal protections to all citizens and eradicating discrimination in our Commonwealth.”

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12:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Its not the transwomen and men its the parasites who will love to be able to go into a bathroom with kids , and not bring alarm for looking like a man, in a dress or just in a womens bathroom. Anyone who tries to discredit sensible caution here is likely one of those predators. We don't let Muslims get a drivers license in covered head and face gear, why should we? The photo is to identify someone. Females deserve to know we are in a bathroom with women not men. If you are transgender, you are still male in a womans bathroom, why would you disrespect us like that? We deserve our safety too and don't want to be alone in a bathroom with any male at all, even if it is part female, it is a privacy and safety issue. If we can't have privacy in a bathroom then where?

12:19AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Transgendered people are not a behavior, but a group of worthy people with obstacles. To be fair to them, and fair to the millions of kids who will face danger of men getting away w/ entering a bathroom and taking them, impersonating these people, they need their own bathroom. IF anyone objects to having your own bathroom, then you have some intentions besides using the bathroom. A girl was kidnapped by 2 men dressed as little old ladies, this stuff happens and believe me pedofiles will love to hide under this guise. We non transgenders like our safety and deserve it for our kids. Men belong in mensrooms, women in theirs and if it introduces a danger, and it will, there should be a transgender bathroom. What more is necessary? Especially for the 1 in 3 women who have been raped, this will be terrifying to see a masculine male looking person in the womens bathroom. Have respect for others too. This will definitely open a way to have more missing kids, crimes. Safety of everyone comes first. A female looking transgender could also face danger in the mens room with a group of men.

1:37AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

I'm glad someone in our government is doing things right. I wish we had this sort of gay GLBT government support here in Arizona.

3:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Why is anymore than any group that has "Family" in it's title doesn't really mean family. It means just another group of people who are clueless about love, compassion, understandng, or what "family" REALLY means. And is just another bigoted group who feels t is their right to judge anyone and everyone, and to stick ther noses into everyone else's business.
. What happened to Jesus's commandment "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Must be that these people really, REALLY hate themselves if this is how they treat their neightbors and fellow man.

6:13AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

sigh, people are so stupid with their hate and fear-mongering, the bathroom thing is a total joke, my ex-gf and i have been told many times we were in the wrong bathroom, lol, we arent transgendered we are just ugly by media brainwashed idiot standards, but similiarly we never felt inclined to take advantage of the lack of queues in the mens bathrooms, lol.

11:25PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Still waiting for the fallout these same absurdist fear-mongers said we'd have from getting rid of the negro-only bathrooms back in the day...
Besides, are they the only ones who haven't noticed the statistics that married heterosexual white males who look and act like normal and respectable members of society are by far the biggest category of rapists and child molesters?
Pretty sure that's been consistent since anyone started keeping track.
Just sayin'.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Rachel B. says, "It never ceases to amaze me that these groups are able to invent such ludicrous campaigns against anit-discrimination legislation."

Ignorant people make ignorant decisions.

9:00PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

"designated hate group the Family Research Council"

So designated by WHOM?

7:10PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Martha Coakley sounds like a level-headed, compassionate person. How did she get to be AG?! I applaud her stand on this issue.

5:48PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Matha Coakley was born a male

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