Officials raise transgender flag at Boston City Hall
BOSTON — Elected officials and activists have raised a flag at Boston City Hall representing the transgender community.
Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a supporter of transgender rights, said Monday the flag will continue to fly until everyone is equal under the law in Massachusetts.
State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would extend protections to transgender individuals in public places.
Massachusetts House leaders on Friday unveiled a revised version of the bill, adding language that could facilitate legal action against anyone who makes an ‘‘improper’’ claim of gender identity.
Republican Governor Charlie Baker hasn’t said whether he would sign the bill, which would expand a 2011 state law banning discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and housing by also prohibiting discrimination in restaurants, malls and other public accommodations, including restrooms.