updated 01-17-2013

Community Action Day

Massachusetts StatehouseSAVE THE DATE
Action Day at the State House for Transgender Equal Access
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Join us anytime between 11 am – 1 pm at the State House, Beacon St, Boston in Suite 167 – conference room.

 

RSVP HERE!

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 type 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!

Please RSVP, so we can look up your legislators prior to the event.

Ways to Increase the Impact of Action Day

 

  • Before you leave the State House, return the sheet about your experience with your elected officials. If you forget or need to fill it out later, mail it to us at: MTPC, PO Box 960784, Boston, MA 02196.
  • Live tweet the event using the hashtag #MAtransbill. You can also add #TransMA if there’s room. We’d love for you to tweet about why you came out to the State House today. Why are public accommodations protections important to you?
  • After the event, tweet about how your elected officials (or their staff) reacted to what you had to say. Again, use the hashtags #MAtransbill and #TransMA.
  • Email mel@masstpc.org if you are willing to be interviewed about your experience. You may go ahead and send something that we can quote (be sure to include the name and gender pronouns we should use), or just indicate that you’re willing to be contacted.
  • Remind your Twitter and Tumblr followers and Facebook friends that if they’re unable to come to the State House, they should still let their elected officials know that the Equal Access Bill for public accommodations is important to them. They can follow the script at this link:
    http://www.masstpc.org/take-action/contact-elected/
  • Remember, the official name of the bill is An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and all other places open to the public. It’s House Docket #1172 and Senate Docket #568.