Editors’ Note: Special thanks to Thais DeMarco Mapstone of Melrose, MA for taking these beautiful pictures as part of their work with Freedom for All Massachusetts.
During the annual Boston Pride celebration on June 9, mayors from across the country joined together to show their collective support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination, and to speak out against a ballot initiative seeking to repeal protections for transgender people this November in the Bay State.
The mayors were in Boston for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. A spokesperson from the ACLU of Massachusetts addressed the gathered mayors about the Masterpiece Supreme Court decision, reached on June 4.
Following the law’s signing, anti-LGBTQ opponents met the low threshold of signatures required to force the issue to the 2018 ballot, making Massachusetts the first state ever to have to specifically defend transgender people in a statewide election.
Freedom For All Americans houses the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, which all present mayors at Pride belong to; currently, the group totals over 300 elected officials in 48 states across the country who have added their voices to the growing chorus of those speaking out against LGBTQ Discrimination. In a statement, the coalition offered:
“The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition is committed to ensuring basic protections so that all people all treated fairly, no matter who they are or where they live. We strongly support the transgender nondiscrimination law in Massachusetts that has been in effect for nearly two years and which now faces a critical fight at the ballot this Election Day. As mayors, we uniquely know the importance of moving forward to strengthen communities and provide a welcoming, safe environment for all neighbors and businesses, and we oppose any ballot measure that would take the state backwards by removing critical protections.”
Freedom For All Americans thanks Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination and Freedom for All Massachusetts for their continued commitment to uphold protections for transgender people in the Bay State.