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.