April 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Mass. guv Charlie Baker booed from LGBT event stage
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Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) (Photo by the Rappaport Center; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker abruptly left the stage at an LGBT networking event on April 13 after members of the audience challenged him over his refusal to speak in support of a transgender rights bill.

The Boston Globe reported that Baker had been speaking at a networking event that Boston Spirit magazine organized at a Boston hotel. The newspaper said that audience members booed the Republican governor and chanted “sign the bill” that would ban discrimination against trans people in public accommodations.

“Governor Baker concluded his speech where he reiterated his belief that no one in Massachusetts should be discriminated against, praised attendees for their courage and urged the transgender community to continue to advocate for their beliefs,” said Baker’s spokesperson in a statement released to the Boston Globe after the event.

A state law that bans anti-trans discrimination in employment, housing and credit took effect in 2011. The Massachusetts Senate is expected to consider a measure that would add public accommodations to the statute next month.

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  • There’s still a GLBT community in Massachusetts? Really? There used to be a gay neighborhood there in the Back Bay but that’s disappeared thanks to gentrification. All but the dive gay bars have disappeared and they seem to be empty and boring. They claim that thanks to equality people don’t see a need to have such bars anymore. They can be integrated and be themselves anywhere.

    The excuse is there isn’t a demand. Or it is that the city makes it all but impossible to get a license in the city in the downtown area to have one? I was told by one bartender that the city wants all gay men to be married and no bars. Maybe they don’t want their gentrified upscale neighborhoods tarnished by them?

    Everyone on the internet? A lot of good that does for the same people always on it never hooking up or meeting anyone worthwhile. Just a virtual bar with cyber attitude where everyone ignores you and you sit home in silence! How is that better than being around real people?!

    Boston used to have such an exciting gay community and now it’s like it never existed and seems all but invisible. You don’t even hear Boston mentioned as a major gay destination anymore.

    Once you get the trans bill I assume the trans community will become equally invisible.

    What good is it if you become as invisible as you were before you came out and you really don’t have any community to connect with anymore?

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