January 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm EST | by Staff reports
Sports teams back Massachusetts discrimination bill
sports teams, gay news, Washington Blade

Several New England sports teams as well as the TD Garden arena support a proposed Massachusetts public accommodation anti-discrimination measure.

BOSTON — Four of New England’s professional sports teams on Jan. 11 endorsed a Massachusetts bill that would ban discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations.

The New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution back the measure alongside TD Garden, the arena in which the Celtics and Bruins play. The Boston Red Sox previously endorsed the proposal.

“Today’s endorsement is just proof that passing legislation to extend full rights to transgender Bay Staters is an obvious next step for the commonwealth,” said Carly Burton, campaign manager for Freedom Massachusetts, a group that supports the measure, in a statement.

The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts law already bans discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment, lending and public education.

Advocates expect the measure will easily pass in the Massachusetts Senate. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) told the Boston Globe he remains “confident” it will also garner sufficient support in his chamber.

It remains unclear whether Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will sign the measure.

  • finally, sports teams, the machos are really on board re protecting lgbt people cheers

  • You really might want to reconsider that headline. “Mass. discrimination bill”? I did a double-take.

    • THANK YOU! I did the exact same thing! I thought it was a bill that was for MASS-DISCRIMINATION against people! As a Bay-Stater myself, I suggest that the Blade use MA or spell it out as Massachusetts to avoid any confusion. If it was JUST ME, I would be less concerned, but thank you for the affirmation.

  • I don’t know. Massachusetts bans discrimination against gay and lesbian people for work, housing, public accommodations and services yet the gay community seems largely invisible. There is no real gay neighborhood anymore (gentrification destroyed that) and all the gay bars left in Boston are dives. Maybe trans people will become equally invisible if they achieve all their legal rights.
    Boston had a thriving and exciting community when we had no legal protections. People enjoyed going out. Now there is no place to go to find others like yourself. It’s like being in the closet, you can’t find other gay people easily. Now people have to either drive all the way to P-Town or Rhode Island to find something. Is this what equality and freedom provides us with….no community and isolation?

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