BOSTON (AP) — Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.

A new law taking effect on Saturday bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Among other things, the statute allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the bill after several years of disagreement over the issue. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed it into law in July.

Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination recently issued guidelines to businesses for complying with the law.

But not everyone is happy with it. The Massachusetts Family Institute is hoping to put a question before voters on the November 2018 ballot calling for repeal of the measure.

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Comments (6)
  1. Derp says:

    Why conservatards would force a now man with a peen and a full beard to use the ladies room is beyond me, maybe they just want to toe tap with them?

  2. Hal Jacobs PGA says:

    I identify as a rich person. Where are my rights/protections?

  3. Hal Jacobs PGA says:

    No matter how much you polish up a turd, it’s still a turd. Food for thought here. Take DNA from a man who identifies as whatever, he is still a man, period. You clone that DNA and guess what, it comes out as a man.

  4. Hal Jacobs PGA says:

    Yeah Norma, I’m looking right at you….

  5. JC... says:

    On oh so many levels this country is circling the drain, so by all means let’s concentrate on bathroom rights. Putin must be laughing his arse off.

  6. Does anyone know how this affects public schools?