Regardless of vote, UMass to maintain protections for transgender individuals

Hampshire County

UMass will keep their current public accommodation policies in place, regardless of the outcome of the statewide vote.

Leaders of the state’s public university system are pledging to continue their policy, allowing transgender students, faculty, and staff to use restrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity even if state voters repeal the law.

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law in 2016 that allows transgender individuals to use public facilities that match their gender identity, regardless of their physical sex at birth.

However, that law is up for consideration by the voters in the form of ballot Question 3.

“People shouldn’t fear persecution for whatever they identify as, especially if what they are doing is just using a restroom,” said Jade Doan, UMass senior. 

UMass President Marty Meehan said that staff members and students will be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room that is consistent with their gender identity, to the extent that it is permitted by law.

A “yes” vote on Question 3 would keep the law in place, but a “no” vote would repeal the law.

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