Massachusetts House approves transgender non-discrimination bill, turns now to Senate

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Boston (AP) – A bill that would bar discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations and allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender they identify with won overwhelming approval in the Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House on June 1.

Its passage comes a day after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he would sign the House version, which includes language that targets false claims of gender identity, bill if it reaches his desk. The bill must now be reconciled with a Senate version, which does not include that language.

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Utah anti-discrimination law liberates some LGBT residents in first year

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Utah public school teacher Art Rice used to put on four shirts every day before work last year so no one would notice that he was becoming a woman.

“I cried near every morning, putting my man clothes on, because that was the last real piece of my life where I was hiding who I was and I hated it,” said Rice, who now lives as Angie Rice.

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Pennsylvania governor urges passing of stalled anti-discrimination law

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Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) – A fiery public debate is flaring in the state over long-stalled legislation designed to outlaw discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Anti-sexual assault activists and the business community are lining up with gay rights activists against a social conservative organization over the legislation, which is bottled up in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Mormon Church wary of heightened anti-discrimination laws

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Salt Lake City (AP) – The Mormon church says Utah lawmakers considering hate crimes legislation this year should not upset a balance they struck last year with an anti-discrimination law protecting both religious rights and LGBT rights.

The statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in response to a proposal to beef up Utah’s hate crimes law and add new protections for gay and transgender people.

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