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Massachusetts Signs Transgender Equality Bill Into Law!

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Woohoo! Yay Massachusetts!

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial signing for bill H.3810, An Act Relative To Gender Identity January 19th.

The new law now protects transgendered men and women from discrimination, making Mass. the 16th state to treat transgendered Americans as a protected class.

The special ceremony was held on Thursday but the law has been in effect since last year. The governor said the following in a press release:

No individual should face discrimination because of who they are. This legislation gives Massachusetts the necessary tools to stop hate crimes against transgender people and to treat others fairly. I am proud to sign it.

16 states down, 34 to go!

[Image via Matt Bennett/Governor's Office.]

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6 comments to “Massachusetts Signs Transgender Equality Bill Into Law!”



  1. 1

    Perez: psst … other outlets are reporting that Heidi Klum & Seal have filed for divorce. You need to get on that story and post it, as that's true "celebrity juice".



  2. 2

    How appropriate,the home state of Barney Frank
    This law is just so dumb, and it will tie up the courts forever
    Just read what the Gov has said
    NO INDIVIDUAL SHOULD FACE DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE
    I'M think what about Jeffrey Dommer,what about Gacey,these guys were just following through on who they are



  3. 3

    The governor is a jackass.



  4. 4

    why is it specific to transgendered? shouldn't we all be treated equally and without discrimination?



  5. 5

    Hurray!



  6. 6

    That's fantastic. Bravo!