Massachusetts transgender rights law takes effect

Massachusetts Family Institute already planning a repeal question for 2018 ballot

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new law took effect on Saturday that will bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public facilities and accommodations.

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

With the implementation of this new statute, transgender people will now be able to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. There have been several years of political disagreement regarding this issue, and not everyone is happy that transgender individuals can now use the facilities that they identify with.

The Massachusetts Family Institute is hoping to put a question before voters on the November 2018 ballot calling for repeal of the measure. Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination recently issued guidelines to businesses for complying with the law.

Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say this bill will help ensure transgender people can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.

Related: Governor Baker signs transgender anti-discrimination bill