This fall, during an hours-long hearing featuring dozens of transgender Bay Staters, as well as medical experts, political leaders, and family members of transgender people – one woman walked through the halls of the Massachusetts Capitol building with an over-large poster featuring a bright, shining face. It was the face of her daughter, Nicole.
“I wanted to put a face to the public accommodations legislation we are discussing today – the face of my 14-year-old daughter,” said Jeanne Talbot, Nicole’s mother.
Jeanne was testifying in support of a bill in Massachusetts that would extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people in the state. Right now, transgender people are protected from employment and housing discrimination, but they’re still vulnerable in public spaces: Restaurants, businesses, public transportation, parks, and more.
“Today I am here to pave the road for equality for my child and for all other transgender people of all ages who walk beside her, and who will follow in her footsteps,” Jeanne said. “My work – our work – is not done until she is protected under the law just as any other daughter, any other 14-year-old girl in the state of Massachusetts.”
Watch her testimony here:
Freedom for All Americans is proud to serve as a leading member of Freedom Massachusetts, the campaign to win full protections for transgender people in Massachusetts. Learn more here.