I’m fucking sick and tired of hearing Taliban Christians and Radical Feminist pissing and moaning about how transsexual and transgender people having employment and accommodation rights is is going to infringe upon rights of Taliban Christians and Radical Feminists to freely exercise their bigotry.
First Posted: 1/20/12
Massachusetts officially became the 16th state to treat transgender citizens as a protected class today as Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial signing of the groundbreaking rights bill.
As Colorlines is reporting, the law legally protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit, in addition to providing additional civil rights and protections from hate crimes.
“I sign this bill as a matter of conscience; people should be able to come before their government as equals,” Patrick is quoted as having said as he signed “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” into law. Though Patrick had actually signed the bill in his office in late November, Thursday’s event was a ceremonial start-of-the-year one that drew an overflowing crowd from the local transgender community, local network WWLP is reporting.
“This law is about affirming rights,” Gunner Scott, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), is quoted by Bay Windows as saying. “This law is for people who think they can deny us those rights… This piece of paper is not magic, but for many of us it is the result of hard work that will change our lives.”