‘It’s quiet by design, because the louder you are in Washington, the more the drama.”

Ever since “coming out” in support of same-sex marriage in May of 2012, President Obama has been working behind-the-scenes to advance the rights of transgender Americans. The administration has expanded the reach of hate crimes legislation, increased access to health care and strengthened public accommodation laws.

This change has come solely from the Executive branch, as Congress continues its reign of dysfunction. Nonetheless, these developments represent a sea change that bodes well for other efforts, such as those here in Massachusetts. (See http://www.masstpc.org/take-action/current-legislation/2013-public-accommodations-bill/)