Transgender Rights Bills Signed By Mass. Gov.
Last week, Massachusetts passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill. The new legislation will protect transgender people from discrimination, the Associated Press reported.
Today, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed the bill, which will protect transgender people from discrimination in the workplace as well as housing.
Several gay rights organizations were thrilled about the decision and believe it is a step in the right direction for equality.
"Governor Patrick was a staunch advocate of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill from the earliest days of his administration," said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Mass. Transgender Political Coalition said in a statemen. "We are so grateful for his leadership in getting this bill passed and for his unwavering commitment to ensuring that all residents of the Commonwealth, including transgender people, are treated with dignity and respect under the laws of our state."
Mass Equality Director, Kara Suffredini, said that Patrick has once again shown he is a supporter for the LGBT community.
"We applaud his unwavering leadership in creating a Commonwealth where all hardworking people, including transgender people, will have the opportunity to make a living, put a roof over their heads, and get an education without fear of being discriminated against simply because of who they are."