In The Rainbow Times, U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) came out in strong support of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, currently on the docket in the state legislature. Senator Kerry called on Massachusetts voters to continue leading the nation on LGBT equality. The Transgender Equal Rights Bill adds “gender identity and expression” to the existing state non-discrimination policy. Senator Kerry emphasized the unjust discrimination and violence that transgender people often face just for being who they are:
“Discrimination against transgender people is widespread and ignoring it is simply not an option. It’s an especially serious problem in our schools, where we’ve all witnessed the tragic and sometimes deadly consequences of bullying. But discrimination against transgender people isn’t limited to certain age groups and certain environments. It’s everywhere.”
Earlier this month, the National Center for Transgender Equality co-led a citizen lobbying training with Gunner Scott, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and Lisa Mottet, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The training brought community members and activists together in preparation for MTPC’s lobby day.
Read the full story here.
Read the factsheet explaining the bill produced by our friends at MTPC.