2017 is here, and the fight for LGBT civil rights — both in terms of progress and saving basic, hard-fought civil rights — is on.
For the Bay State, MassEquality has put forth its six-point agenda for the New Year. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be looking at all six New England states and the national agenda. But for today, here’s what MassEquality has to say about what’s to do on Beacon Hill:
Banning harmful conversion therapy practices in the Commonwealth: This bill would prohibit any efforts by licensed professionals in Massachusetts who counsel minors from attempting to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor.
Teaching comprehensive sex education courses in Massachusetts schools: This bill would ensure that a school electing to teach sex education selects an appropriate curriculum that’s accurate, age-appropriate and comprehensive.
Fighting the backlash against transgender rights: Opponents of LGBTQ equality are using a multi-pronged approach to overturn transgender rights in Massachusetts. With our coalition partners, we will fight their efforts to repeal S.2074, the Transgender Anti-Discrimination law, at the ballot box, at the State House, and in the courts. We will work tirelessly to oppose all attempts to repeal or undermine LGBTQ rights in Massachusetts.
Providing LGBTQ elders with culturally competent care: This bill would require the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to develop a curriculum for delivery of accessible and appropriate services to LGBTQ older adults and caregivers.
Supporting homeless youth in making healthcare decisions: This bill would ensure homeless youth are more easily able to prove they are managing their own financial affairs as currently required to consent to medical and dental care.
Advocating for state budget funding for LGBTQ services: We will work to restore crucial funding for LGBTQ youth services programs. We will also continue to advocate for funding for the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth, the LGBT Aging Commission and for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.