Massachusetts law on transgender protections draws strong support ahead of vote

The Washington Post 
by Karen Weintraub
October 30, 2018


With the country’s first statewide referendum on transgender rights just days away, a crowd armed with rainbow flags descended on Boston’s City Hall Plaza over the weekend. They cheered on those who declared their transgender status and spoke of the importance of combating hate with love.

“Trans rights are human rights,” they shouted.

At stake is a two-year-old Massachusetts law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places, including restaurants, stores, hospitals, libraries and gyms. Opponents say it puts women at risk in public restrooms. Backers say it is essential to support and recognize transgender people.

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