BOSTON (AP) — Transgender advocates are lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a bill designed to increase their legal protections.

The Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing Wednesday at the Statehouse to hear testimony on a bill that would add the words “gender identity or expression” to the state’s existing nondiscrimination laws.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley testified in favor of the bill, which supporters say will help protect transgender people from discrimination when seeking a job or housing.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Joe Mathieu reports

Critics say the bill will lead to a breakdown in privacy in rest rooms, locker rooms and other single-gender facilities. They have labeled the legislation the “bathroom bill.”

Among the supporters of expanded legal protections for transgender people is Gov. Deval Patrick who said last year he would sign the bill.

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Comments (4)
  1. Lori says:

    Not that I agree with their lifestyle CHOICE, because I do not, I DO think they should be afforded some protection against discrimination. I do not know how they would work out the bathroom issue though because if they see themselves as something other then what their DNA says they are then where should they go? If it is a guy wanting to be a woman they should NOT go into the womens bathroom and vice versa. I would also like to add (and this has nothing to do with the bill itself but something that has been in the news in the past)…… I do not think the state should pay for gender reassignment surgery. Anyone on any kind of state medical aid should NOT be able to use that medical aide to receive this type of surgery.

  2. Primetime Editorials says:

    its worth a try good luck on that

  3. Vera Carroll says:

    We share the same sex bathroom at home so why should it be any different in public. I even worked for a company that had same sex bathrooms – no big deal to me at all.

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