Massachusetts Legislature Begins Hearing Public Testimony on Equal Access Bill
July 9, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary began hearing public testimony on the Equal Access bill, which, if passed, would add gender identity and expression protections to the existing public accommodations section of the state’s nondiscrimination laws. Massachusetts law already provides gender identity and expression protections in education, employment, and housing.
HRC State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow submitted testimony calling for Massachusetts to protect its most vulnerable of citizens by extending these critical civil rights protections.
“The time has long since passed when we as a nation ought to tolerate arbitrary discrimination against any group of people,” stated Warbelow. “That any transgender person should be denied the ability to participate fully in public life is simply unacceptable.”
Currently, 16 states plus the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.
Click here to read Warbelow’s testimony in its entirety.
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