Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as Cambridge City Ordinances legal definitions and protections based on Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation:

Gender Identity

State

Definition: Massachusetts G.L. c. 4  § 7: ‘“Gender identity’ shall mean a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth. Gender-related identity may be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person's core identity; provided, however, that gender-related identity shall not be asserted for any improper purpose.”
Protections: See G.L. c. 151B § 4

Local

Definition: Cambridge Code of Ordinances 2.76.030: (15) "Gender" means the actual or perceived appearance, expression or identity of a person with respect to masculinity and femininity; and (16) "Same sex" means occupying the same social and identity roles as another with respect to being male female.
Protections: See Cambridge Code of Ordinances 2.76.120

Sexual Orientation

State

Definition: Mass G.L. c. 151B § 3 (6): https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter151b/Se...
Protection: See G.L. c. 151B § 4: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter151b/Se...

Local

Definition: Cambridge Code of Ordinances 2.76.030: (13)
Protection: See Cambridge Code of Ordinances 2.76.120