“An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes” (H. 1728/S. 1687) got a hearing last July in the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Then, nothing. In light of the recent poll showing that 76% of Massachusetts voters, including 81% of women, support passing a law, isn’t it high time that the bill got moved out of committee and passed by the legislature?
Word is that the obstacles to this happening are nothing out of the ordinary. Legislative inertia and a lousy political mood with the economy, wars, and some corruption flare-ups at the State House make it hard to get people’s attention. But these are surmountable obstacles. Our friends at GLAD explain how you can help get the bill moving.
Transgender people can be fired in Massachusetts simply because of who they are – and it’s perfectly legal.
If you think that’s outrageous, please join us to lobby in support of “An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes,” the pending transgender non-discrimination bill in Massachusetts.
On Thursday, January 21, 2010, we’ll be gathering from 2 – 5 p.m. in Nurses Hall at the State House in Boston. You can help educate Massachusetts legislators about why this bill is needed now, and put a face on gender identity discrimination and hate crimes. Call now and make appointments to meet with your State Representative and Senator. You can find out who your legislators are here.
All the necessary materials and lobbying training will be provided when you arrive at the state house.
For more information or assistance with locating your legislators, contact the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition at: www.masstpc.org. RSVP to Jesseb@masstpc.org if you plan to attend.
GLAD is proud to be a co-sponsor of this important effort in support of transgender equality. Mark your calendar for January 21!