Protecting Freedom of Gender Identity and Expression in Arlington
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7-9 pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St.
After a panel presentation and discussion for the general public and Town Meeting members, True Story Theater will facilitate story sharing and reflections around issues of gender diversity and discrimination.
This event is offered by the Arlington Human Right Commission.
Nondiscrimination laws protecting gender identity have passed across the nation in 17 states, D.C., and over 200 cities and towns. So far in Massachusetts, 12 cities and towns have passed these protections, including Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Medford, and Salem. It’s time for Arlington to join them. Pass Warrant Article 18: Expanding Equal Protection at Town Meeting. The Arlington Human Rights Commission, Fenway Health, and the Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network invite all Town Meeting members to join us in discussing the proposed amendment. A panel of health care professionals and your trans and gender-diverse neighbors will discuss their experiences, review the negative health impacts of discrimination, and show how building a more welcoming community benefits the entire community.
After the panel discussion, True Story Theater will facilitate story sharing and reflections around issues of gender diversity and discrimination. The evening will close with a chance to speak informally with the panel participants and your fellow Town Meeting members about this important bylaw amendment.
Special guest: Representative Sean Garballey, a cosponsor of the Massachusetts Equal Access Bill (Senate Bill #735/House Bill #1577). The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition will provide postcards you can send to Governor Charlie Baker in support of the state bill.