Down by the banks of the River CharlesSubmitted by Robyn on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:20pm
They are debating our rights again in Massachusetts. I hate when that happens. It always makes me feel so scummy.
The legislators are discussing H. 1577 and S. 735 which would increase the scope of the current anti-discrimination laws to protect transgender people in public places.
Currently it is illegal to refuse to hire someone who is transgender but totally legal to refuse to provide service to that same person.
Massachusetts lawmakers in 2011 passed a law adding transgender individuals to the list of protected classes from employment or housing discrimination, but stopped short of including public accommodations protections. Other states — 17 in total — have passed similar laws offering such expanded protections.