Another special electionis on the horizon here in Massachusetts. On September 10, voters in the 16th Worcester Massachusetts House district will decide who will become the next person to represent them in the state legislature. The district encompasses the southern half of the city of Worcester.
The election result will directly affect the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender residents of the district. Whoever is elected will be voting on “An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and All Other Places Open to the Public” (HB 1589/SB 643) which would add “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination in public accommodations.