YES on 3: Massachusetts Campaign to Defend #TransLawMA Receives Official Ballot DesignationBy Shane Stahl • July 12, 2018 • 3:35 pm
This week, the campaign to defend existing public accommodations protections for transgender people in Massachusetts learned the official designation the ballot question will be listed as on election day in November 2018 — Issue 3. This means that Freedom For All Massachusetts (FFAM), the coalition to defend transgender dignity in the Bay State, now has its rallying cry: YES on 3!
FFAM, of which Freedom for All Americans is a founding and leading member, has been working diligently over the past year to raise awareness about efforts by opponents of LGBTQ equality to repeal existing nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public accommodations, signed into law by Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2016. After opponents met the low threshold of required signatures to force the issue to the ballot, FFAM began building a strong, bipartisan coalition to speak to voters about the need to vote YES to protect the transgender people of Massachusetts. The coalition encompasses individuals and organizations from all walks of life, from faith leaders and transgender Bay Staters themselves to professional sports teams and major corporations.
Additionally, the state’s leading sexual assault and domestic violence prevention advocates like the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence have joined with women’s organizations like the YWCA and National Organization for Women to support the state’s nondiscrimination protections.
There are already laws in place that make it illegal to harm or harass people in restrooms. These laws are used to prevent assault, keep people safe, and hold offenders accountable. Protecting transgender people from discrimination hasn’t changed that.
In fact, laws protecting transgender people from discrimination have been in place for a long time—including in places like Boston, Cambridge, Northampton, and Amherst—with no increase in public safety incidents in restrooms in any of those places. And there’s been no increase in such incidents in Massachusetts since our state’s protections passed in 2016. No one should fear for their safety because of the color of their skin, who they love, or how they identify. Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law allows transgender people to live their lives free from harassment and discrimination.
Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans President of Strategy and Freedom For All Massachusetts campaign co-chair, offered succinctly:
“Our message is simple: Voting YES on 3 means transgender people are welcome in our Commonwealth.”
To learn more about Freedom For All Massachusetts, click here to visit their website.