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Friday, March 20, 2009
Western Mass MTPC Community Forum/Chapter Community Meeting for Trans Rights Legislation in 2009!
Please join MTPC members to learn about our work, the re-start of the Western Mass Chapter, network with other activists and organizations, and learn about the upcoming legislation for non-discrimination and hate crimes on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. There will be light refreshments and ample time for networking and socializing.
In this meeting we will:
1. Update what happened with the last year’s legislation
2. Outline plans for 2009 strategy
3. Solicit feedback, suggestions, and support for moving forward.
Date: March 20, 2009
Place: Dottie’s Coffee (444 North St Pittsfield, MA 01201)
All are welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-778-0519. For more information visit http://www.masstpc.org
“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.