Massachusetts Public Education Campaign
About This Campaign
Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers provided full protections for transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, hotels and hospitals. But these protections are under threat! It's important that we continue to educate the public about who transgender people are and why providing equal protections under the law matters.
Why Does It Matter?
A 2014 survey found that 65% of transgender people living in Massachusetts reported experiencing being discriminated against in an area of public accommodation such as restaurants, hotels or hospitals.
Additionally a study found that transgender people who reported experiencing discrimination are 84 percent more likely to experience adverse physical effects and 99 percent more likely to experience emotional effects – like frustration, anger and sadness. It’s a vicious cycle – the same study reported that discrimination in public places increases the likelihood that transgender people won’t seek the medical care and treatment they need for health problems.
How Can You Help?