For Immediate Release - November 15, 2011

AG Coakley Urges Passage of Transgender Bill by House

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement urging the passage of An Act Relative to Transgender Equal Rights by the Massachusetts House of Representatives today.

“For too long, transgender people have suffered in silence in seeking employment, safe housing and educational opportunities.  I am hopeful that the House will pass this important bill and put Massachusetts on a course for ensuring a better, and fairer, future for our residents and make clear that people are entitled to equal protection regardless of their gender identity or expression.

“I know there are opponents who have attempted to stoke fears about the implications of this bill.  In doing so, they grossly mischaracterize what this bill does and who it protects.  This bill only increases our ability to prosecute criminal conduct and protect the civil rights of all, and does nothing to restrict our ability to protect victims of any crime.”

NOTE: AG Coakley was one of the earliest supporters of this bill and on June 8, 2011, she testified in favor of the bill’s passage before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.