Transgender Civil Rights Are Vulnerable in November

Linda Puretz & Susan Zeiger

Here’s How the Jewish Community Can Help

Cherishing our friends and family in the LGBTQ community—and standing up for their safety and civil rights—is an expression of our caring and inclusive values at Ohabei Shalom. We want to ensure that all people in our community are treated fairly, with dignity and full equality.

That’s why our Social Action Committee has joined this fall with Keshet to defend transgender rights in Massachusetts.

Here’s what you need to know about this effort– and how you can help!

On Election Day, Massachusetts voters will be voting on Ballot Question #3. A YES vote on Question #3 would affirm a law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places such as restaurants, hospitals, and hotels. The law was passed by a bipartisan supermajority of the MA legislature in 2016 and signed by Governor Baker.

Immediately a group of people inside and outside our state organized an effort to repeal the law. A NO vote would strip away these protections. Polling suggests that the referendum vote will be close.

To recap then: a YES vote on 3 will continue the state’s support for transgender civil rights; a NO vote will eliminate these explicit protections.

We hope you’ll join us and vote for transgender rights in November. And please  consider joining our campaign. A simple thing to do is talk to your own friends; be sure they know about the ballot question and pledge to vote. With Freedom for All Massachusetts, TOS Social Action will be phone banking at Temple Beth Zion to educate residents of Massachusetts about the importance of voting YES on 3, and canvassing door-to-door in advance of election day with an organized Jewish community canvass. If you want to help us, and for specific details, please contact Linda Puretz.

Linda Puretz & Susan Zeiger

For the TOS Social Action Committee