updated 03-29-2015

Legislation

Non-discrimination in Public Accommodations

MTPC’s legislative focus is on legislation that would add “gender identity” to existing Massachusetts civil rights law for public accommodations, which currently prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, and marital status.

Legislation to this end was introduced into the 2015-16 legislative session: House Bill #1577, Senate Docket #398.  To date this bill has 56 co-sponsors in the house, 17 in the senate.  – Co-sponsor list

Reference Information

Public Accommodations Fact Sheet, 2015, PDF

What Are Public Accommodations?, 2013, PDF

Consequences of Not Having Equal Access Protections in Public Accommodations, 2013, PDF

Massachusetts Specific Data from the 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, PDF

National Transgender Discrimination Survey

National Healthcare Discrimination Report

US jursidictions with Gender Identity Laws

Overview of gender transition timeline

Transgender Definitions

Other legislation of interest

Regulating Use of Credit Reports by Employers Legislative Brief, 2013, PDF

Testifying for Legislation

Testifying at a Public Hearing, PDF, courtesy MGLPC

Oral/Written Testimony Worksheet, PDF

Recent Legislative Victories

An Act Relative to Gender Identity

Executive Order 526 Regarding Non-discrimination, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

Executive Order 527 Establishing the Office of Access and Opportunity within the Executive Office of Administration and Finance