Law Effective October 1, 2016

A new law in Massachusetts, effective October 1, 2016, extendsprotections against gender identity discrimination to any place of public accommodation.

The new law provides that an owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement that lawfully segregates or separates access to such place of public accommodation (or a portion of such place) based on a person’s sex, must grant all persons admission to—and the full enjoyment of—such place of public accommodation (or portion of such place) consistent with the person’s gender identity.

Note: The new law specifically gives transgender people the right to userestrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.

Click here to read the text of the law. For more information on Massachusetts Law about gender identity or expression, please click here.


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