Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) was booed off stage mid-speech Wednesday night after showing little support for a bill aimed at protecting transgender individuals.
During the Boston Spirit Magazine’s LGBT Executive Networking Night, Baker said, “We should not discriminate against anyone in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” reports the Boston Herald.
“If and when [the bill] lands on my desk, I’ll talk to all parties involved,” the first term governor started to say before a chant of “Sign the bill” broke out.
He was continuously yelled at and booed. Baker eventually walked off stage and exited the event.
The proposed bill would allow transgender people to use public bathrooms based on their gender identity and ban discrimination against transgender people in other public places.
In 2011, lawmakers passed a bill that added transgender people to the state's anti-discrimination laws covering employment, housing and education. However, proponents say there is a loophole in the law. For example, a transgender employee serving coffee is protected while the transgender customer is not, according to MassLive.com.
The bill aiming to provide protections for the transgender community will be voted on in the Senate later this year, according to the State House News Service.
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