Massachusetts residents celebrate the newly-signed transgender rights law

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker quietly signed the transgender public accommodations bill into law Friday, without holding a bill-signing ceremony for activists and elected officials.

That’s why Attorney General Maura Healey and Senate President Stan Rosenberg organized a public celebration on the State House steps Monday. They thanked Governor Baker for signing the transgender bill into law.

The new law allows transgender people to use public restrooms that match their gender identity, rather than the gender listed on their birth certificate. It’s a major victory for the transgender community. Close to one-hundred people from the transgender community and their supporters showed up for this very significant occasion.

August Burg of South Hadley said, “So, now having full protections under the law makes me actually feel like I’m not a second-class citizen.”

The transgender public accommodations law will go into effect on October first.

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