This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ NondiscriminationSeptember 21, 2018 • 12:23 pm
Support builds for protecting nondiscrimination law in MA; New AAP policy calls for gender-affirming care for transgender youth; MI & PA towns pass nondiscrimination measures
WASHINGTON – There were a number of positive developments for LGBTQ Americans this week – from momentum for nondiscrimination protections in multiple states, to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recognize the importance of gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:
Boston City Council Supports MA’s Transgender Nondiscrimination Law:
The Boston City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution in support of Yes on 3, the campaign to uphold the commonwealth’s law protecting transgender people from discrimination. Boston joins a growing number of cities across the commonwealth that have passed similar resolutions. On Monday, the Somerville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to endorse a Yes on 3 vote, just days after the Melrose Board of Aldermen did the same. Earlier this year, local lawmakers in Arlington acted early to publicly support the measure. Other city councils across the state are expected to take up the issue in the coming days and weeks, including a scheduled vote in Cambridge as soon as next week.
Freedom for All Americans is proud to be a founding member of the Freedom for All Massachusetts’ Yes on 3 campaign, and is playing 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.
Pediatricians Group Calls for Affirmative Care for Transgender Youth:
The American Academy of Pediatricians released a new policy statement this week encouraging all pediatricians to practice gender-affirming healthcare for all transgender youth. The policy will be published in the next edition of the journal “Pediatrics,” and seeks to ensure pediatricians “are focused on promoting the health and positive development of youth that identify as TGD while eliminating discrimination and stigma.” The AAP says the new policy aims to address some of the health risks faced by trans youth, such as “high rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, self-harm and suicide.”
Pennsylvania and Michigan Towns Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances:
The Ross Township, PA, Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 this week to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance (NDO). The NDO extends civil rights protections to residents based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The town of 31,000 people outside of Pittsburgh joins three other municipalities in Allegheny County, including the city of Pittsburgh to have full nondiscrimination protections. City councilors in Cadillac, MI also passed a full NDO this week.
22 Years Since the Defense of Marriage Act Was Signed Into Law:
The discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law 22 years ago today. DOMA was overturned in a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, but the fight for full LGBTQ equality is far from over – organizations like FFAA and advocates across the country are fighting to advance nondiscrimination in states and protect our gains at the federal level. Today, 31 states lack laws that explicitly protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces.