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Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

Yesterday Massachusetts officially joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in extending critical anti-discrimination protections to transgender people.

The new law, which took effect July 1, was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in November of last year. The law adds “gender identity” as a protected characteristic to Massachusetts’ employment, housing, credit and public education anti-discrimination laws, as well as adding transgender protections to the state’s hate crimes law.

New England’s Bay Windows has more information on the specifics of the bill. You can find a wide variety of transgender-related resources from HRC here, as well as maps of statewide employment and housing anti-discrimination laws.

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