Good news! Massachusetts’ Republican Governor Signs Trans Nondiscrimination Bill Into Law.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed into law a bill forbidding gender identity discrimination in public accommodations on Friday. “No one should be discriminated against [because] of their gender identity,”
The bill bars anti-trans discrimination in a broad array of contexts and allows trans people to use the bathroom and locker room consistent with their gender identity. Baker refused to support the measure for many months but ultimately concluded that trans activists had demonstrated the necessity of further legal protections against discrimination.
No one should be discriminated against b/c of their gender identity; this compromise extends add'l protections to our transgender residents.
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 8, 2016
Before signing trans-inclusive legislation, Baker demanded a compromise to make sure that predators will not abuse the law to molest people in public restrooms. Although no one has ever used a trans nondiscrimination law to access a bathroom for predatory purposes, the legislature complied.