I AM NO LONGER BEING QUIET ABOUT THIS
I’m angry. I’m angry that in 2018 there is so much discrimination in this world and that there is so much fear and hate for our neighbors, friends, and fellow human beings. As election day rapidly approaches, I am particularly bothered by the Vote “No” on 3 campaign that is happening in Massachusetts. For those of you unaware what question three is, a “yes” vote would preserve the existing law that went into effect in 2016 prohibiting discrimination in public places on the basis of gender identity. A “no” vote would repeal the law allowing for discrimination.
This is not a law about restrooms and locker rooms much like the “No on 3” campaign signs suggest. The picture of the stick figure man peeking over the stall at the woman on the toilet is an image attempting to evoke public fear. This is also not a law about safety and privacy, much like the Keep MA Safe campaign wants you to think it is. Look at the study done at the UCLA School of Law, that found no relation between public transgender bathroom access and crimes that occur in bathrooms. Need to read more? Here is another link to the study proving that criminal incidents are rare and unrelated to the laws.
If this was an issue about safety than the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association would not support a “yes” vote. But they do, along with the Freedom For All Massachusetts campaign supporting the “Yes” vote to preserve the existing anti-discrimination law. According to the almighty Wikipedia, this coalition includes: 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 14 labor unions, 16 “women’s and victim’s advocacy groups,” Boston Children’s Hospital, “every major New England professional sports team” including the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots, 29 mayors, Massachusetts Major City Chiefs, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, politicians from both parties in the state House and Senate, and “the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation.
This is a law about kindness people.
Can’t we let people be who they want to be out in public?
I am a privileged, white, middle-class heterosexual woman. I was raised listening to my dad use the words “nigger” and “queer.” And I’m ashamed to admit as a teenager I made fun of gay people. I was raised to believe what I was taught as a child – that all those “other” people were different. And that “different” was something to fear instead of something to respect and understand. We must question what we were taught to believe, unlearn those lessons, and relearn what it was like to treat people when we were five years old.
Straight, gay, or transgender people should be allowed to go about their business in restaurants, libraries, movie theaters, and malls. There should be no place for discrimination in this world. Even if we don’t understand someone’s choice to change their gender, we can still agree that they are a human being and underneath all the labels we are all the same. We are bodies with beautiful beating hearts full of an endless array of emotions.
I urge you to kook past the fear and choose kindness.
Vote “yes” on Question 3.