An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and all other places open to the public (House Bill 1589/Senate Bill 643)
MTPC is 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.
MTPC and the 108 members of Transgender Equal Rights Coalition, including MassEquality, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), ACLU of Massachusetts, MassNOW, Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, Jobs with Justice, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and Interfaith Committee for Transgender Equality look forward to working with policy makers and community supporters in getting full civil rights for transgender youth, adults, and families.
Everyone Should Have Equal Access to Public Accommodations
Check our our page about what public accommodations are and why it’s important for all people to have equal access and protection from discrimination. The 2013 Equal Access Legislative Brief also provides more information you can provide to your legislators.
How You Can Help
WE NEED YOUR STORIES about discrimination you have experienced in public places.
Also, if you are registered to vote in the district of any of the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary who are hearing the Equal Access bill (listed below), please let them know you support Equal Access. The most helpful would be for you to meet with your legislator in person. Please let us know if you want to meet with you legislator about the Equal Access Bill. We’re happy to help you prepare for your meeting. You can also call their office and use our calling script.
Members of the Join Judiciary Committee in the Senate: Katherine Clark, Senate Chair; Gale D. Candaras, Senate Vice Chair; William N. Brownsberger; Patricia D. Jehlen; John F. Keenan; Richard J. Ross. In the House: Eugene L. O’Flaherty, House Chair; Christopher M. Markey, House Vice Chair; Bruce J. Ayers; Claire D. Cronin; Sean Curran; Colleen M. Garry; Sheila C. Harrington; Carlos Henriquez; Kevin J. Murphy; Jeffrey N. Roy; Daniel B. Winslow.
About the Legislation
An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and all other places open to the public. Also known as the Equal Access Bill.
Public accommodations protections makes explicit the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing people of diverse gender identities and expressions equal protection under the law, and guarantee transgender and gender non-conforming people the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their communities and to the local economy. This bill is about fairness and all residents having the same access to public places.
This bill was filed by:
Rep. Carl Sciortino & Rep. Byron Rushing
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz & Sen. Benjamin Downing
55 other senators and representative have signed on as cosponsors:
|Rep. Denise Andrews||Rep. Cory Atkins||Rep. Ruth B. Balser|
|Sen. Michael Barrett||Sen. William N. Brownsberger||Rep. Paul Brodeur|
|Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi||Sen. Harriette L. Chandler||Rep. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera|
|Rep. Thomas P. Conroy||Sen. Cynthia S. Creem||Rep. Marjorie C. Decker|
|Sen. Sal N. DiDomenico||Sen. Kenneth J. Donnelly||Sen. James B. Eldridge|
|Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier||Rep. Gloria L. Fox||Rep. Sean Garballey|
|Rep. Kenneth I. Gordon||Rep. Danielle W. Gregoire||Rep. Jonathan Hecht|
|Rep. Carlos Henriquez||Rep. Paul R. Heroux||Rep. Kate Hogan|
|Rep. Kevin G. Honan||Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen||Rep. Jay R. Kaufman|
|Rep. Mary S. Keefe||Sen. John F. Keenan||Rep. Kay Khan|
|Rep. Peter V. Kocot||Rep. John J. Lawn, Jr.||Rep. Jason M. Lewis|
|Rep. David Paul Linsky||Rep. Brian R. Mannal||Rep. Elizabeth A. Malia|
|Sen. Thomas M. McGee||Rep. Aaron Michlewitz||Rep. James J. O’Day|
|Rep. Sarah K. Peake||Rep. Denise Provost||Rep. David M. Rogers|
|Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg||Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez||Rep. Tom Sannicandro|
|Rep. John W. Scibak||Rep. Frank I. Smizik||Sen. Karen E. Spilka|
|Sen. Ellen Story||Rep. Benjamin Swan||Rep. Aaron Vega|
|Rep. Chris Walsh||Rep. Martha M. Walz||Sen. James T. Welch|
|Sen. Daniel A. Wolf|
Materials about the Equal Access Bill and Public Accommodations
- 2013 Equal Access Legislative Brief
- What are Public Accommodations?
- Consequences of Not Having Equal Access Protections in Public Accommodations PDF
Have You Experienced Discrimination in Public Accommodations?
If you have experienced the denial of service, mistreatment, or where asked unfair questions in a public establishment or service, please fill out MTPC’s Report Discrimination Form.