“It is our sincere hope the Massachusetts Republican Party can find it in their hearts to put partisanship aside on this matter and recognize Massachusetts has the opportunity to end one of the last legalized forms of discrimination in the Commonwealth this legislative session,” said Mass Dems Spokesman Pat Beaudry. “Together as two Parties, we can ensure Transgender Bay Staters will no longer have to worry about being denied service in a a place of business simply because of who they are.”
“Over the last few months numerous municipalities have implemented public accommodation protections. Massachusetts is ready for equal protection under the law,” said LGBT Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chair Tyler Carlton.
Stephen Driscoll, another Co-Chair of the LGBT Outreach Subcommittee added, “Transgender rights is the next forefront of the civil rights movement and Massachusetts needs to be in the vanguard where it has always historically been.”
The bill – currently exclusively sponsored by Democratic legislators – would put an end to the legalized discrimination of transgender individuals in our state’s public accommodations.
Supporters of the bill have pointed out that under our current law, a transgender resident cannot be refused employment at an establishment due to their gender identity, but can be refused service.