Massachusetts State Senate Advances Transgender Protections Bill

By a vote of 33-4, the Massachusetts state Senate today advanced legislation that would outlaw discrimination against transgender people.

The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives, where the legislation has strong support. The only real question at this point is whether Republican (but socially liberal) Gov. Charlie Baker will sign the bill into law.

The measure would make Massachusetts the 18th U.S. state to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

As many folks know, with the passage of marriage equality last summer, focus in the world of LGBT rights has shifted in part to transgender protections with many conservative states passing laws which effectively legalize discrimination against trans folks.