Members of Congress urge passage of transgender rights bill

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy and six other members of the state’s congressional delegation have sent letters to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg urging them to pass legislation extending non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts.

In the letter sent to the two key lawmakers Monday evening, the Democratic members of Congress urged the Legislature to pass the bills before going on holiday break next week.

DeLeo on Monday didn’t list the bills among the pieces of legislation he hoped to take up before the break.

In the letter, Kennedy says Massachusetts needs to be more welcoming to its transgender citizens.

The letter also was signed by U.S. Reps. Niki Tsongas, Katherine Clark, William Keating, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey.

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