Letter To The Editor: A Yes Vote Means Upholding Basic Values And Respect For All

Upholding Basic Values

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On behalf of the following members of the Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging, we strongly urge Massachusetts’voters to vote Yes on 3 to uphold the existing transgender anti-discrimination law which ensures that dignity and respect continue to be our guiding principles in Massachusetts.

On November 6, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to keep a 2016 law in place that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places like health clinics, subways, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, medical offices, and other important public spaces. Transgender people should have the same basic protections as everyone else—to live their lives with authenticity, privacy, and dignity. This is especially important for older adults in our community to be able to age safely with the dignity and respect they deserve.

According to SAGE, a national advocacy organization for LGBT elders, LGBT older adults need to rely on formal systems of care far more frequently than other elders. They are much more likely to live alone, without children or partners to care for them. Many of them have experienced harassment, bullying, and discrimination throughout their lives and especially in public spaces. Anti-discrimination protections, such as our current law, are vitally important to ensure that LGBT elders have access to the services they need in order to live safe and healthy lives.

This law is about protecting the freedom of all Massachusetts residents—including those who are transgender—to live their lives free from discrimination. Please vote YES on 3 to continue treating people fairly in Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Senator Barbara L’Italien

Co-chair, Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging

Rep. Danielle Gregoire

Co-chair, Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging

Deborah Shields, JD, MPH

Executive Director, MassEquality

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW

Director, LGBT Aging Project

Dale Mitchell, Massachusetts Home Care Association

Leonard Alberts, MD

President, New England Association on HIV over 50

William J. Bogdanovich, MOD

MA Senior Care Association

Robb Johnson, Associate VP of Special Projects

Fenway Health

Sean Cahill, PhD

Director of Health Policy Research

Fenway Institute

Dr. Alex Coleman, JD, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Attorney at Law

Transgender Older Adult

Paul Glass, LGBT Older Adult from Cape Cod

[Submitted to TRT Online via E-mail]

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