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Action Day at the State House for Transgender Equal Access Thursday, January 17, 2013 Anytime Between 11 am – 1 pm At the State House, Beacon St, Boston in Suite 167 – conference room


MTPC and the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition will be holding a Community Action Day at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, January 17th at 11am in the Suite 167 conference room. All transgender people and our allies are encouraged to attend and meet with their legislators to ask for co-sponsorship for the Equal Access to Public Accommodations (bill title and number to be assigned in early Jan.).

MTPC and the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition are committed to getting public accommodations protections for our transgender youth, adults, and families. The final version of the 2011 Act Relative to Gender Identity, originally filed as Transgender Equal Rights Bill, passed by the legislature did not include protections within public accommodations section of the nondiscrimination laws.

This will be our first Community Action to educate legislators about the necessity of public accommodations, which is any establishment, public or private, that is open to the general public and provides, or endeavors to provide, some time of goods and/or services to the general public.

Some Examples of Public Accommodations:

  • health care facilities, including medical and dental offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing homes;
  • public transit and bus stations, train terminals, airports, ferries, platforms, and other transportation facilities;
  • hotels,  motels, campsites, and other places of lodging;
  • restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other establishments serving food or drink;
  • retail establishments, including stores, shopping centers, car rental agencies, and other retail establishments;
  • theaters, concert halls, sports arenas and stadiums, and other places of entertainment;
  • convention centers, lecture halls, and other places of public gathering;
  • museums, libraries, galleries, and other places of public display or collection;
  • parks, zoos, amusement parks, beaches, and other places of recreation;
  • public streets, highways, sidewalks, boardwalks, and other public ways;

Transgender youth and adults encounter unfair treatment, denying of services, mocking or hostile language, and threats of harm far too often when accessing these public services. This is our chance to step up and tell our legislators that we need these protections!  If you cannot join us for the Community Action Day, please write a letter to your legislator. And if you are unable to write and mail a letter in, please take a few minutes and send an email!

January 17th, 2013 11:00 AM   through   1:00 PM
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
United States

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Phone: 6177780519