BOSTON (WWLP) – The proposed legislation, also known as the “Bathroom Bill,” would allow transgender individuals equal access to public spaces, including public locker rooms and restrooms.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo is a strong supporter of expanding transgender rights. The bill would protect the transgender community from discrimination in public places.
Several state lawmakers are most concerned about privacy, because it would allow transgender people to use public restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity.
Speaker DeLeo is trying to secure a two-thirds majority in the House to override a possible Governor’s veto.
State Rep. Denise Provost, (D) Somerville, told 22News, “I think a lot of the controversy does center around restrooms, although there are probably people who would like to legislate transgender individuals out of existence. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
The legislature’s Judiciary Committee has until May to either move the bill out of committee, or kill it altogether.