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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Protects Transgender State Workers from Discrimination

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed an executive order yesterday protecting transgender state workers from discrimination, the Boston Globe reports:

PatrickPatrick signed the order in a private ceremony in his office attended by advocates and several transgender state employees. He did not list the event on his public schedule or send out a press release afterward.

The order expands the state’s current civil rights policy by forbidding state government and its contractors from discriminating on the basis of “gender identity or expression.’’ The state already forbids discrimination based on a host of other characteristics, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.

Patrick said he signed the order after being asked to do so by advocates.

Said MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini in a statement released by The Transgender Equal Rights Coalition: "Governor Patrick is a true champion for the LGBT community, and we applaud the critical first step he has taken with this order toward creating a Commonwealth where all hardworking people, including transgender people, have the opportunity to make a living and provide for themselves and their families." 

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  1. Funny. There would be a major uproar if this happened in some other states, but it barely registers in Massachusetts. People here are just totally blase.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 18, 2011 7:24:06 PM


  2. I was thinking the same thing, Ratbastard. On matters of equality, Massachusetts makes other states look hostile and antiquated.

    Posted by: K | Feb 18, 2011 8:37:26 PM


  3. Massachusetts isn't America (and that's hard to argue with, actually)...there aren't enough fat people, for one...and two, there are far too many college graduates and people who read at a level that exceeds the third grade...AND, most of THOSE people have all of their teeth. As I said, not murrica...why it's almost as foreign as vermont or connecticut...elitists and their flatware, arithmetic and good jobs...too good to use their hands and puttin on airs. And add "the gay marriage," universal healthcare, superior average annual income and it's a regular sodom and gomorrah. However, none of them can drive worth your average kentuckian's student loan.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 18, 2011 10:16:22 PM


  4. Proud of my home state government much more than the overall federal government. Someday I should move back there. Massachusetts is a great place to raise any family. We have our nutjobbers but overall rationality is a little better off. Kind of ironic though that we did have the Salem Witch trials. It's come a long way whereas in other areas, things seem to regress.

    Posted by: Todd | Feb 19, 2011 8:15:00 AM


  5. Actually, the Governor didn't realize it wasn't on his public schedule until the event happened. Evidently, some busybody on his staff tried to "protect" him from himself. Doesn't matter - it was widely reported in the news media and enjoyed widespread approval.

    Posted by: wimsy | Feb 19, 2011 11:28:48 AM


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