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Sat Oct 20, 2018, 07:33 PM

Massachusetts residents to vote on transgender rights [View all]

On Nov. 6, Massachusetts will become the first state in the US to hold a statewide referendum on a transgender rights law. If passed, the referendum would repeal a 2016 law protecting transgender people from discrimination.

Setting the stage for the first-ever statewide referendum in the US on a transgender rights law, opponents collected enough signatures to place a repeal question on the Nov. 6 ballot. Transgender rights supporters worry – and opponents of the laws hope –that if the repeal passes in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage and among the most LGBT-friendly, it could unleash a cascade of similar efforts elsewhere.

Repeal backers argue their intention is not to strip protections for transgender people or legalize discrimination. Instead, in what trans rights supporters describe as a familiar but unjustified fear tactic, they say they want to protect women from being harassed or assaulted by criminals falsely claiming to identify as female.

One ad backing repeal depicts a sketchy-looking man entering a women's locker room as a frightened-looking young woman begins to undress. The law, though, already allows for the prosecution of any person "whose assertion of a gender identity is for an improper purpose."


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