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Posted by: | Posted on: January 7, 2009

Action Alert – Call your State legislators for Transgender Equality

“An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes” is being filed for the 2009-2010 legislative session in the House by lead sponsors Representative Carl Sciortino and Representative Byron Rushing and in the Senate by lead sponsor Senator Ben Downing. Please call your legislators today and ask them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation.

About the Bill:
An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes adds the category of “gender identity or expression” to our hate crime laws as well as to the employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and public education non-discrimination laws. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) has already clarified that state law currently protects all individuals, including transgender persons, from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. This bill makes those protections explicit, uniform, and visible to the general public. This bill also amends existing hate crime laws to explicitly protect people targeted for violence and harassment because of their gender identity or expression. This bill updates Massachusetts non-discrimination and hate crimes laws to ensure that they clearly and uniformly protect all people regardless of their gender identity or gender expression, including transgender people.

Call your Representative and Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor this bill.

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