The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) stands in solidarity with community members working towards visibility at the Boston Spirit LGBT Executive Networking Night to be held tomorrow night in Boston. This event will feature remarks from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and we encourage community members to join MTPC in attending to hear the Governor’s comments on the transgender nondiscrimination bill, which is currently stalled in the state legislature.
This legislation (House Bill #1577, Senate Bill #735) would add gender identity to existing Massachusetts civil rights law for public accommodations, which currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, religion and marital status. Public accommodations are any place we are when not at home, work, or school. This includes, but is not limited to retail stores, public parks, hotels, public transportation, restaurants, medical offices, theaters, and more.
MTPC has been a leader in advocating for transgender rights in Massachusetts since 2001. The organization is dedicated to not only political advocacy, but supporting community empowerment through collective actions like these. In the past year, MTPC has worked to secure passage for the nondiscrimination bill, hosting community events, lobbying in the State House, and educating the public about the need for this legislation. Despite our efforts, the legislation remains in the hands of the Judiciary Committee.
MTPC urges the transgender community and our allies to attend the event, and we support their efforts to be visible and make their voices heard. MTPC will be staffing a table at the event in order to provide information about the legislation and our work on behalf of the transgender community, as well as to offer support and resources to those who may need them.
Please join us tomorrow night, and if you have any questions or need more information, contact Mason Dunn, MTPC Executive Director at 617-778-0519 x6 or MasonDunn@MassTPC.org. Or visit www.MassTPC.org for more information.