This weekend, every major sports team in New England – the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, and TD Garden – announced their support for a bill that would fully protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places. The Boston Red Sox announced its support for the bill in November. The bill, now pending before the Massachusetts Legislature, would ensure explicit protections for transgender people under state law in places like hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, doctors’ offices, and movie theaters.
Freedom for All Americans Chief Program Officer – and co-chair of the Freedom Massachusetts campaign dedicated to passing the MA bill – said today:
“Support for transgender equality from some of America’s most well-known and competitive sports teams is unprecedented and will reverberate across the country as people increasingly learn more about who transgender Americans are. The world of sports has a unique role in moving hearts and minds. By endorsing legislation that makes transgender people safer and more welcome in their communities, these teams are sending a message of acceptance and respect. Massachusetts has historically served as a beacon for freedom and equality in America. With legislators back in session for the new year, we’re more determined than ever to keep the momentum up and to pass this crucial bill as soon as possible.”
Freedom for All Americans is proud to work as a founding and leading partner of the broad-based coalition Freedom Massachusetts, providing ongoing dedicated support to the campaign’s communications, digital strategy, lobbying, and field work. Under Suffredini’s leadership and guidance, the campaign has also received endorsements from the leaders of both state legislative chambers, the entire MA congressional delegation, 14 mayors and municipalities, and more than 200 businesses and statewide professional organizations, including Google, Eastern Bank, MIT, Hill Holiday, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
In 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature extended non-discrimination protections to transgender individuals in employment, housing, K-12 education, and credit – and this bill would ensure that Massachusetts extends full, unequivocal protections to transgender people across the state.