This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ NondiscriminationNovember 9, 2018 • 11:34 am
Voters uphold transgender protections in historic Massachusetts election; Midterms bring new wave of LGBTQ elected officials; Trump fires AG Sessions, one of the most anti-LGBTQ AG’s in recent history
Victory in Massachusetts: Transgender Protections Upheld in Historic Election:
For the first time ever at the ballot box, Massachusetts voters upheld statewide protections for transgender people. With nearly 70 percent of the vote, Bay Staters definitively answered Yes on 3 and sent a resounding affirmation that transgender people deserve full and equal protection under the law. The vote will keep in place a 2016 law, signed by the state’s Republican Governor, Charlie Baker, that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public spaces. The Yes on 3 campaign was the largest bipartisan, transgender equality campaign in U.S. history.
Freedom for All Americans is proud to be a founding member of the Freedom for All Massachusetts’ Yes on 3 campaign, and played a lead role in ensuring that Bay State voters make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to uphold transgender protections at the ballot box.
To get a better sense of how transgender Americans experience discrimination every single day, please visit Faces of Freedom – a new LGBTQ movement-wide resource that elevates the stories of LGBTQ people and allies. The new website features more than 350 stories from nearly every state, and will continue to expand in the coming months.
Historic Election Day for LGBTQ Candidates:
This Election Day proved to be a historic one for LGBTQ Americans. 225 LGBTQ candidates were on the ballot this year in local, state, and federal races across the country. Many won, including Jared Polis in Colorado, the first ever gay man elected governor. Kate Brown in Oregon, the first bisexual person to win re-election as the state’s governor. And LGBTQ candidates won election, becoming the first representatives to congress from Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Kansas.
Trump fires AG Jeff Sessions:
At the direction of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned. The President appointed Sessions’ Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, to serve in the top law enforcement role on an interim basis. Sessions was widely regarded as one of the most hostile members of the administration towards LGBTQ Americans. He undertook a sweeping anti-LGBTQ agenda during his time at the Department of Justice and filed legal briefs undermining equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans.