New Mass. transgender protections law takes effect Saturday

BOSTON — New protections for transgender people in public places went into effect in Mass. Saturday morning.

The law passed with a bipartisan supermajority in the legislature earlier this year and was signed into law in July by Governor Baker.

Mass. becomes the 18th U.S. state to enact protections for transgender people.

"For me, as a transgender man living and working in Massachusetts every day, this law has a deeply personal impact on me and my loved ones," said Mason Dunn, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts. "For the first time in the history of our Commonwealth, I can leave my house knowing that I will be treated equally under the law, without fear of discrimination. This is a shining moment in Massachusetts' history and legacy as an inclusive, welcoming place for all."

The law was endorsed by more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 11 labor unions representing 750,000 families, leading law enforcement organizations, dozens of women's groups and advocates against violence and sexual assault, all of New England's championship sports teams and bipartisan leadership around the state.