House Passes Public AccommodationTransgender Legislation

Carly Burton Visit to JALSA to Speak on Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Temporarily Postponed Due to State House Action

Massachusetts law protects transgender people in the areas of employment and education, but not in public accommodations. The Senate had voted 33-4 to pass a public accommodations bill, but the House vote had not been held and JALSA had scheduled a meeting for increased action.    The issue which had held up passage is that of public bathrooms and locker rooms, with opponents unable to move pass that issue to the larger one of full non-discrimination protection for transgender people in Massachusetts.  The House has now voted and leadership in the House and Senate are now working to deal with differences in the two versions.  Agreement is anticipated quickly.