Published On: Fri, Apr 15th, 2016

Tell Governor Baker why you support transgender equality

I’m writing to ask you to support full nondiscrimination protections for transgender residents of the Commonwealth, and to sign the public accommodations bill when it reaches your desk.

It’s not enough to just say you oppose discrimination. It’s a stain on Massachusetts’s reputation as a fair-minded place that our nondiscrimination laws don’t fully protect transgender people. No one should be denied explicit protections from discrimination in places like restaurants, hotels and medical offices. That’s not right and it doesn’t reflect the values of our state.

At its heart, this issue is about people. People like Alishia Oullette, a Navy veteran and retired firefighter, whose record of service to her country wasn’t enough to stop her gym from suddenly banning her from the facility. And Framingham teen Brandon Adams, who spends each day fearful of being harassed for who he is. They – like all of us – need to know that Massachusetts law fully protects them as they go about their daily lives.

Please listen to all the brave families and individuals who have come forward to tell you how inequality and discrimination harm their lives. Please commit to equality.

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