In an 11-0 vote (councilors Flaherty and Zakim were absent), the city council said today it supports passage of Question 3 on the November ballot, which would enshrine transgender people's rights in places of public accommodation - from restrooms to hospitals.
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley said the issue is really simple: "Love and acceptance" vs. "Hate and discrimination." She noted that "there has been zero increase of public-safety incidents in restrooms in our state," since the passage of a law (which would be repealed with a majority "no" vote) to protect transgender people's rights in 2016.
"We are all safe when we are all treated with dignity," she added.
The City Council first passed a measure to protect those rights in 2002 - which then Mayor Tom Menino signed.