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Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

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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