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Mass. Trans Groups Rally for Senate Action

Mass. Trans Groups Rally for Senate Action

A coalition of transgender rights groups in Massachusetts this week rallied to demand the state Legislature finally passing a trans-inclusive nondiscrimination law.

From Boston.com:

During a rally at the State House, members of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition spoke about the backlash and hardships they face at work, at school and in housing. They called on lawmakers to debate their proposal.

“We are here to urge our Legislature to move this bill out of committee and to the floor for a vote,’’ said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. “We know all too well the devastation discrimination causes to our lives.’’

Despite support from Governor Deval Patrick and more than half the House and Senate signing on as cosponsors, the bill failed to emerge from the Judiciary Committee last session. The committee held a hearing this month on the bills, which have fewer cosponsors this session. Earlier this month, Patrick issued a statement urging “prompt passage’’ of transgender nondiscrimination legislation.

The transgender equal rights legislation currently stuck in Senate committee would put “gender identity” and “gender expression” into existing civil rights laws alongside language that prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and marital status.

This, in turn, would cover discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit. The bill would also add gender identity and expression language to the state level hate crimes statute. Fifteen states have enacted such protections including Rhode Island and Maine.

Proponents categorize this bill as a simple matter of human rights. Opponents have smeared the bill with accusations that it opens up public bathrooms to sexual predators — they have not, however, provided evidence of such incidents where trans protections have already been approved.

Ahead of the debate, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition created the following video campaign. It is designed to put a face on the discrimination that trans people must combat every day without these protections and perhaps speaks volumes against the prejudiced opposition to the bill:

Related Reading:

New York Assembly Passes Trans Protections

VHA Issues New Directive on Trans and Intersex Veteran Health Care

Portland Adopts Trans-Inclusive Health Care Benefits

 

Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to brainchildvn.

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10:04PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

NO ONE should be discriminated against for any reason. Everyone should have equal opportunity to have all the necessities to survive. When people start getting some real love in their hearts, things with change and start coming together for the better. People need to realize that God made us all in His 'image'.. but, that does not mean we are all from any sort of "cookie-cutter" process.. and as soon as everybody understands that notion, we can move forward.

I'm guessing that God has allowed for some of these blind, narrow-minded and bigoted 'devils' to be in our midst.. in order to test our faith.

12:13AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

I am with David N. comment: IT'S TIME FOR ALL DISCRIMINATION TO STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!

12:58PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

As usual, the opponents come up with off the wall stupidity in their efforts to defeat a logical bill.

6:56AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

A great step was taken for LGBT community last night in NY. This is a great video for the 'T' in that community. Mass. should take the lead for the country as is often the case of those states in the NE US. Take the lead for full equal opportunity.

5:52AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Fear of the unknown leads toward hatred and discrimination;thank you for putting a human face on the unknown.

2:30PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

It's time for ALL discrimination to stop!! No matter who we are be it straight or gay or trans or Asian or European or American or African we are at the very core all human beings and as human beings we all deserve the same sort of respect for us as a human being no matter how we live our lives!!!

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