Massachusetts transgender rights bill now in effect

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A bill took effect in Massachusetts yesterday that will protect transgender people in the state from discrimination.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill into law seven months ago. Now that it has taken effect, trans individuals cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity. More details from the AP via the SF Gate:

The law adds gender identity to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws as a protected category. Now, transgender Massachusetts residents will be protected against discrimination from employment, housing, public education as well as credit and lending.

Gender identity will also be added to the protected categories under the state’s hate crimes law.

Attorney General Martha Coakley called the law a “much needed update,” saying it will help ensure that transgender individuals feel secure at home, work and in their communities.

Woo! Go Massachusetts!