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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 658         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 502

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and Byron Rushing

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to transgender equal rights.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Susan C. Fargo

 

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

James B. Eldridge

 

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin

William N. Brownsberger

 

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Sonia Chang-Diaz

 

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

James E. Vallee

10th Norfolk

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 658        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 502

By Messrs. Sciortino of Medford and Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 502) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1728 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to transgender equal rights.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “commission on gay and lesbian youth”, in lines 1 and 2, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- commission on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth.

              SECTION 2.  Said section 67 of said chapter 3, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the words “parent of a gay or lesbian person”, in line 16, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- parent of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person.

              SECTION 3. Said section 67 of said chapter 3, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “sexual-orientation”, in lines 19 and 20, the following words:- gender identity or expression.

              SECTION 4.  Said section 67 of said chapter 3, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the words “gay and lesbian organizations”, in lines 29 and 30, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organizations.

              SECTION 5.  Section 67 of said chapter 3, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the words “gay and lesbian,” in lines 45, 50, 52, and 56, and inserting in place thereof in each instance the following words:- gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.

              SECTION 6.  Section 56 of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “women”, in line 44, the following words:- ; people of diverse gender identities or expressions.

              SECTION 7.  Section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “gender”, in line 12, the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 8.  Section 89 of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in each instance after the word “sex”, in lines 53 and 143, the following words:- , gender identity or expression.

              SECTION 9.  Section 5 of chapter 76 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 10, the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 10.  Section 12B of said chapter 76, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 185, the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 11.  Section 1 of chapter 151B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection 23 the following subsection:

              24. The term “gender identity or expression” shall mean a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

              SECTION 12.  Section 3 of said chapter 151B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in each instance after the word “sex”, in lines 17 and 61, the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 13.  Said section 3 of said chapter 151B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “women”, in line 53, the following words:- ; people of diverse gender identities or expressions. 

              SECTION 14.  Section 4 of said chapter 151B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in each instance after the word “sex”, in lines 3, 69, 82, 87, 96, 103, 136, 163, 169, 179, 226, 233, 243, 339, 349, 353, 359, 474, 484, 494, 650 and 659 the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 15.  Section 39 of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “sexual orientation”, in line 4, the following words:- , gender identity or expression. 

              SECTION 16.  Said section 39 of said chapter 265, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding the following sentence at the end of subsection (a):-

              For the purposes of this section, the term “gender identity or expression” shall have the same meaning as that term is defined in subsection 24 of section one of chapter one hundred and fifty-one B.

              SECTION 17.  Section 92A of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 9, the following words:- , gender identity or expression.

              SECTION 18.  Said section 92A of said chapter 272, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting the following sentence at the end of the second paragraph:-  

              Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or any other special or general law to the contrary, all otherwise lawfully sex-segregated facilities, accommodations, resorts and amusements shall grant persons admission to and the full enjoyment of such facilities, accommodations, resorts and amusements consistent with their gender identity or expression.

              SECTION 19.  Section 98 of said chapter 272, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 2, the following words:- , gender identity or expression.

              SECTION 20.  If any provision of this Act is deemed invalid or unconstitutional, such a determination will not affect the validity of any other provision of this Act.

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