This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

October 12, 2018 • 2:09 pm

The Republican governor of Massachusetts has endorsed the ballot campaign to uphold transgender protections; and a Virginia middle school student was left out during an active shooter drill because she is transgender

WASHINGTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly endorsed the Yes on 3 campaign, acknowledging that all transgender Bay Staters deserve the right to equality under the law. The Republican governor signed the law in 2016. And a transgender middle school student in Virginia faced a scary instance of discrimination during an active shooter drill, when her teachers told her to sit in the gym – as all her other classmates sheltered in locker rooms. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:

Republican Governor of Massachusetts Endorses Yes on 3 Campaign:
The Republican Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has said he will vote Yes on 3 this November. On Election Day in Massachusetts, voters will be asked if they want to uphold a state law protecting transgender people from discrimination. Baker wrote in an op-ed explaining his support, “Massachusetts has always been a pioneer in the ongoing fight to create a fairer, more equal society for all. That leadership extends to our proud history of delivering equal rights for members of our state’s LGBTQ community.”

Virginia School Bans Transgender Student From Shelter During Active Shooter Drill:
A middle school in Stafford County, Virginia is facing backlash for excluding a transgender student from an active shooter drill. According to Equality Stafford, a local LGBTQ advocacy organization, during the drill students were told to seek shelter in the school locker rooms. Teachers held the transgender student back and directed her to wait in the gym with another teacher until the drill was over. There has been an outpouring of support for the student and concerned parents are planning to protest at the next school board meeting. The school district’s superintendent has ordered a review of district policies to ensure all students are treated with dignity and respect.

Lawsuits in Texas Attempt to Legalize Discrimination Against LGBTQ People:
In Texas, several anti-LGBTQ organizations are pushing forward multiple lawsuits to allow for discrimination in the Lone Star State. One lawsuit is against the city of Austin, and the other is against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suits claim that churches and Christian businesses should be free to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Both organizations behind the lawsuits were heavily involved in the repeal of Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance in 2015.

Freedom for All Americans is working to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans, no matter which state they call home. For more information on state-specific legislation, or to browse our stories of discrimination, please visit

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