Skip to comments.Massachusetts passes bill making transgenderism/crossdressing a protected class
Posted on 11/18/2011 3:11:52 PM PST by NYer
BOSTON, November 17, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill that elevates cross-dressing or transgendered individuals to a protected class, and grants universal access to sex-segregated areas such as bathrooms based on personal “gender identity or expression.”
The measure, known as the “Transgender Equal Rights Bill” (H. 502 in the House and S. 764 in the Senate) passed the upper chamber on Wednesday in a voice vote. It’s unclear when the bill will receive final approval votes and be signed into law by Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick, a strong gay rights supporter.
The bill inserts “gender identity” as a protected class under the state’s hate crime law, and also makes it so that a school or other business would be violating the law if it rejected an applicant because he or she was a crossdresser.
The pro-family activist group Mass Resistance said the bill would have far-reaching negative effects for traditional values in the public square, most notably in schools.
“Imagine finding that your day-care provider, second-grade teacher, waiter, school bus driver, store clerk, etc. is blatantly a man wearing a skirt and lipstick, possibly with hormone-enhanced breasts,” wrote the group on its website regarding H. 502. “Under this bill it would be illegal for any employer (or school principal) to decide for himself whether this is proper, or objectionable, or immoral. You would have no choice: the state will have decided for you.”
The measure also decrees that the right to “gender identity and expression” is a “civil right.” A provision stating that all “sex-segregated facilities ... shall grant persons admission to and the full enjoyment of such facilities ... consistent with their gender identity or expression” was removed from the measure at the last minute.
However, Mass Resistance suggests that the purpose of the missing language, which would have allowed cross-dressing persons to enter the bathroom of their choice, is met by other provisions of the bill.
“Although the public accomodation statutes were taken out, there was almost a complete overlap with the statutes left in the bill,” said the group. “For example, by including the scope of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) all businesses, public accommodations, locker rooms, and rest rooms are clearly affected—probably even to a greater extent than under the public accommodation laws.”
Those who violate the non-discrimination rules face up to a $2,500 fine and a year in prison.
Massachusetts governor’s office contact page
This article was corrected to note that the “bathroom” language was removed from the bill, although its effects are believed to remain.
Great...Weird is a protected class.
“Human” should be the only “protected” class. IMO
The birthplace of America, unbelievable
I guess if you refuse to have sex with one of these freaks you can be fined.
Too logical for the illogical governing bodies.
Become a freak and get a break.
I can see the law suits now as sexual predators will have a field day in the girls rooms of Massachusetts. Wasn’t this one reason why this type of legislation fell flat in liberal NYC a few years ago?
The people who advocate such laws value social discord.
What better way to piss off the masses than to deny women privacy in public restrooms, by allowing men, under legal cover, to enter?
I will be using the ladies bathroom from now on while visiting Massachusetts!
these people are full of beans
It could have been a lot of laughs watching some girl who thinks she's a guy try to use a urinal.
So, as a guy, I could go to Massachusetts, put on a dress and walk into the Women’s Locker Room at Planet Fitness...or Hooters?
“So, as a guy, I could go to Massachusetts, put on a dress and walk into the Womens Locker Room at Planet Fitness...or Hooters?”
Why put on a dress. Couldn’t you just identify as a woman who is also a cross dresser?
So basically I could claim I’m a woman but I don’t want to wear a dress but I’ll go into and use the ladies room anyway.
These politicians are some of the sickest bastards I’ve ever seen to even consider something like this.
And we wonder why all kinds of abuse and molestation occurs in our society.
Stuff like this is nothing but a blatant attempt to destroy society.
Lets all celebrate mental illness and codify it in law.
What is really needed is a sensible law which states that if a transgender or crossdressing person engages in sex with a non-transgender or non-crossdressing person without first informing them of their true status then they would be guilty of rape or the legal equivalent of rape.
In my mind, it is already morally and ethically rape.
Haha, well if enough guys do this, then maybe it’ll piss enough people off that the government will realize they’re wrong.
Specially the “bisexual” ones. Donning a dress, to them, doesn’t necessarily mean doffing their urge for the opposite sex. Might as well require all bathrooms to be unisex.
I live in Montgomery County, MD [MoCo] - they passed a transgender bill a year or two ago ...
The original bill had the access to opposite sex's bathroom in it until straigh PARENTS complained. They then took that provision out ...
By NO coincidence - the chief of staff of the county board member that introduced the bill is transgender ...
Not to worry - the board member LOST her re-election campaign and is NO LONGER on the county board ...
I think my girlfriend would have me wear her glasses while I was driving,since I was a bit far-sighted,I don’t usually wear my own glasses while I drive on my own.So when we’re together she’d put them on me not as a fashion statement but because she thought I was blind as a bat(which I am not thankfully).
I kinda doubt she would want me to be in the “transgender class gay-thing”.
Still what a compromised and stupid place we had in the middle of New England.
All “disturbing the peace” laws are going to have to be tossed out.
(Except of course when muslims do it.)
So...ummm...what happens if a cross-whatever with a Y chromosome decides to convert to islam and go swimming with the burka-clad in their special hour at the university pool?
Where is the GREEN!
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First came Medicare
Then came Romney Care
Followed by ObamaKare
Now They have Fruit Care
Everybody/everything has been declared a protected class except white males.
I am so glad i MOVED OUTTA THERE!!!!
Gender Identity is considered fluid by liberals.
How many guys are going to claim to be women to go into the ladies’ restroom. Even gay guys would (to sit on the couch and gab).
Probably also see a few dykes peeing standing up at the urinals too under this law.
When will any of these so called “public servants” stand up for normal straight nuclear families?
Wake up people. Don’t empower these people. Everyone else advances because nobody’s looking after your interests.
Please recognize it’s war on normal, bible believing Christians. Culture and country going down the effing tubes faster than poop through an OWS defecator.
“I can see the law suits now as sexual predators will have a field day in the girls rooms of Massachusetts.”
I was in a restaurant in San Francisco years ago that solved this problem; there was one large bathroom, but instead of stalls they were little rooms (walls floor to ceiling, with locking doors). The “common” area (sinks, mirrors, etc.) was shared.
After 9/11 I remember someone speaking, saying that while we said “God bless America”, we banned religion from the classrooms and public spaces. The speaker asked why would He bless us? I agree; we continue to mock Him with ever-increasing vitriol.
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Disgusting. So, now women and children in MA are in danger whenever they go to public restroom. The fags,transsexuals, pedophiles and other perverted freaks get to prey on women and children, and the law will protect the perverts, and persecute their victims.
What if you’re a man who identifies as a tomboy?
Ping out for tomorrow. Computer problems, among others...
We’ve already had this BS law in Gainesville, FL for a while now.
A joke in 2005 becomes a reality in 2011:
Like I said many times; That state needs to have the ‘M’ removed from it’s name pronto.
How many Catholic sheep vote Democrat in Ma, because they are too lazy to think or read and and presume it is 1880?
But what if a man thinks he’s a transgendered woman. That is, a man who thinks he’s a woman who thinks herself a man. Can I just walk into the ladies room?
No, it's not the water. This actually used to be a decent place to live, at least where I grew up, but that was a long time ago. I could probably say that the overlap between academia and politics, especially in this state, is part of the problem, but that doesn't even begin to explain it, nor does history, immigration, and culture. What I do know is that liberty is inversely proportional to population. That is, the more people you have, the less liberty you have, and it is a momentum that is unstoppable. I'd be willing to bet that whatever state you live in, there are pockets of areas that are just as liberal as Massachusetts, and they are only going to grow. Things like this happen a little quicker here but mark my words, the rest of the country is not far behind.
Yes, but GLTF people are so bigoted against people who simply want to have loving sexual relations with animals. They are such beastophobes! /s
Libtard hypocrisy has no end, only the end game. And the leaders on our side are too stupid to use it against them.
Time and time again, Republicans let potential wedge issues evaporate -- because of an unwillingness to deal with the lesser political caste, one presumes -- but are always so willingly played and pwned as doofuses when wedge issues are worked the other way around.
Wow..Just what the world needs in time of economic crisis and social meltdown. More trannies and crossdressers and more laws to protect them. Elected officials using their time wisely......WTH has happened to my country?