I've already talked about where I think Massachusetts needs to go next on GLBT rights, but Chris Mason got me thinking. Like me, he thinks a transgendered civil rights bill needs to be the next priority. However, I can't help but think if we keep pushing one initiative at a time, eventually the legislature or the people will get tired of it and we'll lose our initiative.
So, I came to a conclusion: what the movement needs is one last big push for GLBT rights in Massachusetts. Over the course of this summer, we should examine just what's needed and then package a series of bills we could advertise as the last steps to full equality. It would be relatively easy to get the public on board and get the necessary publicity.
If we do things one at a time, maybe we'll get 1913 repealed. Maybe we'll get a transgendered basic civil rights bill. But what about a transgendered hate crimes bill? What about a dozen things I can't think of off the top of my head? What will happen is that eventually the last few important steps will be forgotten and left behind and the people in the GLBTQ community who need help the most won't get it.
I don't think we can stand for that. So, let's come up with a package of bills instead and push them as a whole. We should push them as hard as we pushed for marriage equality itself. Ultimately, we're talking about issues so important that we can't afford to leave anyone behind.