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The Massachusetts Legislature passed Bill S. 2407, “An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination” on July 7, 2016. Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation on July 8. The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016.

The law will “extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions. The bill, passed by the House and Senate this week, further directs the Massachusetts attorney general’s office to issue regulations or guidance for referring to law enforcement any person whose assertion of a gender identity is for an improper purpose” per Governor Baker’s press release.

Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011, “An Act relative to Gender Identity” protected against gender identity discrimination in matters of housing, employment, public education, and credit. The new law extends that protection to public accommodations.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders(GLAD)’s Transgender Rights Project has a blog post, “MA Public Accommodations Q & A”, that offers an explanation of the law.

Transgender Law Center’s National Equality Map provides an index of the law in other states. You can click on Massachusetts or any other state, and get a State Policy Profile.

“Massachusetts Law about Gender Identity or Expression” provides links to more information.

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