LGBTQ Rights

No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 76, § 5

Furthermore: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has published a set of guidelines for public schools to follow to create a safe and supportive environment for transgender student, http://www.doe.mass.edu/ssce/GenderIdentity.pdf  

Among other things, these guidelines recommend:

  • Transgender students should be called by the name and pronouns that the student prefers
  • Trangender students’ privacy should be protected regarding any medical information, previous names, etc.
  • The name and gender on students records should conform to the transgender student’s preferred name and gender
  • Transgender students should be able to use the restroom, locker room, and changing facilities that accord with their gender identity
  • In any sex-segregated activities (including athletics), transgender students should be able to participate in a manner consistent with their gender identity.

The current transgender anti-discrimination legislation in Massachusetts could use your support.  If you are a Massachusetts voter, contact your Senator and tell them you support Senate Bill 775, and contact your Representative and tell them you support House Bill 1577.  Both of these bills ban discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.  The Massachusetts Transgender Political Caucus has put together this handy fact sheet to tell you what that means.