Win Full Protections for Transgender Bay Staters!
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About This Action
Under Massachusetts law, there are no explicit protections ensuring that transgender people cannot be turned away from a hotel or denied service at a restaurant—simply because of who they are. That's not who we are. But we can fix this by passing a commonsense bill that protects our transgender friends and neighbors from unwarranted discrimination.
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.
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?