Baker booed by transgender advocates, remains uncommitted on proposed law

Governor won't take stance until bill reaches his desk


BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker was the keynote speaker at a gay and transgender networking event last night organized by a Boston-based magazine. Protesters were in attendance, holding signs that read, “Public places equals our space.”

The signs referred to a legislative bill on Beacon Hill that would grant transgender people legal protection from discrimination in public spaces. North Carolina has a new law that does the opposite, by prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificate.

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Transgender rights advocates booed Governor Baker off the stage Wednesday night for not taking a stance on the Massachusetts bill.

The governor told 22News Thursday that he is not making any commitment until the Legislature sends a bill to his desk.

“My job is to meet with everybody and anybody, and sometimes that means I’m going to spend time in front of audiences that aren’t going to agree with me on stuff,” Baker said.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said his chamber could take up a transgender bill as early as next month. He is working to secure the votes.

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