Another State Goes Transgender

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While 11 states in May filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for their directive to make transgender bathrooms inclusive in public schools, the blue state of Massachusetts is choosing to expand upon transgender rights to an exponential level. Lawmakers in the Democratic-led House in Massachusetts on Wednesday passed a bill that would enhance protections against discrimination for transgender people and grant them access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

“No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity,” Republican Governor Charlie Baker said on Tuesday. He announced his support of the bill after months of avoiding a direct endorsement of such a measure.

Massachusetts passed protections in education, housing and employment for transgender people in 2011; the current bill adds those protections and more into factors of public accommodations.

On Wednesday morning, advocates for transgender, gay and lesbian groups squirmed their way into the gallery of the House chambers, many wearing green to show their support for the cause, while crowds of opponents to the bill chanted and called out Baker outside the chambers.

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