TLDEF Calls on Massachusetts Lawmakers to Protect Transgender Rights

Massachusetts State SealTLDEF is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to pass legislation that would protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. The state passed a law in 2012 that prohibited discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, credit, and public education. The law does not apply to discrimination in public places like bars and restaurants, which can still refuse to serve someone because they are transgender. A Boston Globe editorial spotlighted the issue.

“The current Massachusetts law does not do enough to protect transgender people from the daily discrimination that they face. Discrimination in public places is just as harmful as the types of discrimination that the legislature prohibited. There is no reason to allow such discrimination to continue unchecked,” said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. “It is time to remedy this situation. TLDEF stands in solidarity with MassEquality, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and all those pushing for a comprehensive law that protects transgender residents in Massachusetts from discrimination. We urge state legislators to ban all forms of discrimination against transgender people in Massachusetts.”