Yesterday, the transgender pride flag flew above Boston City Hall to in support of vital legislation that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in public accommodations in the Bay State.
The flag was raised in conjunction with a revised version of a non-discrimination bill last week.
“In Boston we've proven that there is nothing to fear from being inclusive,” Mayor Marty Walsh posted on Instagram. “We are safer, and we are stronger when everyone enjoys the same protections. Proud to fly the #TransFlag over Boston City Hall for the first time in MA history. It will keep flying until we are all equal under the laws of the Commonwealth.”
According to Mason Dunn, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, this is the first time that a transgender flag was raised in Massachusetts.
HRC is a proud member of Freedom Massachusetts, a joint effort of state and national organizations, including Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, MassEquality, the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom for All Americans, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, BAGLY, the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, the Anti-Defamation League and PFLAG. Freedom Massachusetts is working to pass these vital protections.
Currently there is no state law in Massachusetts explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in public accommodations. However, Boston passed public accommodations non-discrimination ordinance in 2002.
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