Hearing held on transgender rights bill

boston.com – By Brian MacQuarrie – Globe Staff

Depending on the arguments heard yesterday at the State House, a bill to ban transgender discrimination is either the next leap for civil rights in Massachusetts or a way for predators to gain access to bathrooms and locker rooms used by the opposite sex.

“We know that our Commonwealth is stronger when every person can live and work free of harassment and threats,”’ Attorney General Martha Coakley testified before the joint Judiciary Committee. “The unfairness is clear, but the remedy has not been clear.’”