Groups lobby for, against Massachusetts transgender bathrooms

Posted on 08 Apr 2009 at 11:50am
By Associated Press

Opponents focus on issue of men in women’s restrooms

BOSTON — The debate over transgender bathrooms is heating up in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition held an event Tuesday, April 7 supporting legislation that would add "gender identity and expression" to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The bill has more than 100 legislative co-sponsors.

But a coalition opposing the measure held a news conference on Wednesday, April 8 that focused on a provision allowing any man who self-identifies as a women access to women’s rest rooms, locker rooms, emergency shelters and fitness clubs and vice versa.

A similar transgender rights proposal was recently defeated in New Hampshire over the bathroom issue. But it may be reconsidered.

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