Massachusetts Votes Yes on Question 3 -- Upholds Dignity and Respect for All.



On Election Day, Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3, preserving a 2016 law prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places.

“We congratulate transgender residents and their families, as well as the rest of the state, on this important electoral defense of the 2016 civil rights law. Transgender people must have the same basic protections enjoyed by everyone else in Massachusetts so they can live their lives with safety, privacy, and dignity,” said MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson.

Although much of the focus on this law centered on access to public restrooms, the law also prohibits discrimination in museums, theaters, and art galleries. Creativity in all its forms helps build more vibrant, equitable, and connected communities, and every resident, regardless of gender identity, must be able to safely access the spaces in which we display, express, and showcase art.  

Wilson noted the cross sector coalition who endorsed Question 3, including private companies like Google and Fidelity, as well as all five New England major sports teams. “The arts community joined others across the state in voting yes on Question 3, and we are proud of our participation in the coalition to preserve civil rights protections for transgender residents.”

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