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News and information on the municipal nondiscrimination law in Massachusetts, which opponents are attempting to repeal in the 2018 election.


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As We Celebrate 2017 Electoral Victories, We Look Ahead to Work to Protect Transgender People in 2018

By Kasey Suffredini • November 14, 2017, 12:59 pm It's taken a few days for the full reality of how great last Tuesday was for transgender candidates – but now, one week out, it’s amazing to reflect on what happened
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Massachuestts Marks One-Year of Transgender Protections Law as Opponents Threaten Repeal

By Adam Polaski • October 4, 2017, 11:17 am October marks the one-year anniversary that Massachusetts' transgender public accommodations law went into effect, ensuring protections for transgender residents statewide from discrimination in public places, including restaurants, shops, and hospitals.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: NH Momentum as Trump Abandons Transgender Students

By Adam Polaski • February 24, 2017, 5:21 pm In one of the busiest weeks for the LGBT movement in months, equality for transgender Americans was discussed by millions.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: 2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off With Many LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 13, 2017, 1:18 pm 2017 is off to a wild start already, with dozens of states launching headfirst into their 2017 legislative sessions. At the top of the agenda in many states? LGBT-related bills.
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Republican Governor in Massachusetts Will Vote to Preserve Transgender Protections in 2018

By Adam Polaski • October 21, 2016, 11:00 am This week, Massachusetts' Republican Governor, Charlie Baker, told Boston Public Radio that he is committed to upholding transgender non-discrimination and will vote to defend #TransLawMA when it goes to the ballot in 2018.
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Why We Must Defend Transgender Protections in Massachusetts

October 14, 2016, 10:42 am This speech was written by Kaden Mohamed and delivered on October 13, 2016 in Massachusetts as part of the campaign to defend the transgender protections law in Massachusetts – #TransLawMA.
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Question Seeking to Repeal #TransLawMA Qualifies for 2018 Ballot

By Adam Polaski • October 11, 2016, 5:30 pm Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced this afternoon that opponents of transgender equality have collected sufficient signatures to qualify support the proposed initiative for the ballot.
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It’s Official: Massachusetts is the 18th State With Full LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • September 30, 2016, 5:32 pm Today, for the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, transgender people are fully equal under Massachusetts’ state law.
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Anti-LGBT Opponents in Massachusetts Mount Effort to Repeal Critical Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • July 19, 2016, 11:46 am If the opposition gathers several thousand signatures in the next 78 days, the motion to repeal #TransBillMA will go to a vote for the November 2018 ballot.
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Massachusetts Becomes 18th State to Secure Full Transgender Protections

By Cameron Tolle • July 8, 2016, 3:10 pm Moments ago, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation into law extending full protections to transgender Bay Staters by updating the state's public accommodation law to prohibit gender identity discrimination. With his signature, Massachusetts officially becomes the 18th state in the nation to secure full, comprehensive protections for transgender Bay Staters.
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VICTORY: Massachusetts Approves Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections, Now Poised for Final Passage

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2016, 5:57 pm The vote today marks a huge victory – especially in a year when transgender Americans’ fundamental freedoms have been debated, attacked, and endangered.
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TODAY: Massachusetts House to Hold Decisive Vote on Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2016, 10:05 am Following nearly a year-long full-court press to pass full non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts House today is expected to debate and vote on #TransBillMA, a bill to ensure no transgender person faces discrimination in public spaces in the Bay State.
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Massachusetts Governor Baker Says He’d Sign Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 31, 2016, 2:47 pm Big News! Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said today that should a bill to extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people in Massachusetts reach his desk, he would sign it into law.
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Massachusetts Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Protect Transgender Residents from Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • May 12, 2016, 3:33 pm Today the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed SB 735, a bill that would ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places statewide, including public restrooms. Current Massachusetts law prohibits gender identity discrimination in employment, housing and credit—but not public accommodations.
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Today in Massachusetts: Senators Will Debate and Vote on Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 11, 2016, 10:45 am It's an exciting week in Massachusetts! This week in the Bay State, a bill to extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people will be debated and voted on by the state Senate.