Transgender Rights Under Attack in Massachusetts

October 3, 2018

The current fight in Massachusetts—the birthplace of marriage equality—has been called “the next transgender rights battleground” and “the biggest test to date” on transgender rights. But, without a doubt, this is about more than Massachusetts. It’s about where our LGBTQ movement as a whole goes from here, and that’s why we are providing a unique opportunity for other states to learn from the work happening on the ground in the Bay State.

I recently spoke with a woman in rural Massachusetts who said she “didn’t want men in the women’s restroom.” It was clear the right-wing’s fear mongering had gotten to her. But after a short conversation, she shared with me that she has transgender coworkers and friends, and that she didn’t want to see them face discrimination.

I’ve been going door to door and making calls throughout the state to people like her, who are on the fence. I am seeing first hand how razor-thin our chances are to save transgender equality at the ballot this fall. In fact, a recent poll showed we’re within the margin of error.

Because this is my community, I’m out every week knocking doors and making phone calls, but Equality Federation’s investments go even deeper. We are providing training to activists on sophisticated voter engagement tools to ensure we reach the right people with the right message at the right time – but it takes money to keep it up and win.

If we can’t win in Massachusetts, where can we? This is an all hands on deck moment, and I thank you in advance for your support!

There are many ways to support our victory, from phone banking to sharing things on social media. Click here to learn how!

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