Governor Charlie Baker has a fairly consistent record when it comes to supporting LGBTQ civil rights issues. He chose running mate Richard Tisei in 2010, the same year that he marched in the Boston Gay Pride Parade and advocated for the rights of his gay brother in a campaign advertisement. Baker issued an executive order expanding state contracts for businesses owned by the LGBT community, and he’s the only Republican governor to have filed an amicus brief challenging individual states’ prohibitions against same-sex marriage.

And yet, when it comes to the issue of public accommodations for transgender individuals in Massachusetts, Baker has sat squarely on the fence, remaining reticent until he can “see the details” of the proposed legislation, which has yet to emerge from committee.

The LGBTQ community’s frustration came to a head last week at the 10th Annual Boston Spirit LGBT Executive Networking Night, where Baker was loudly booed and eventually walked off of the stage. “I’ve been booed before, and I expect I’ll be booed again,” Baker told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio Wednesday. “Truthfully, if I never spend any time talking to audiences that I don’t agree with on anything, then I’m really not doing my job.”

Though he would not express an explicit opinion on the prospective legislation, the governor reiterated the messages of his record. “I don’t think we should discriminate against anybody,” he said. “I’m proud of the fact that Massachusetts has played a leading role on this issue for a long period of time. [Marriage equality] was one of the great moments here in the Commonwealth. So no, I don’t support discrimination.”

The public accommodations bill would protect transgender individuals from discrimination in public spaces. Seventeen other states across the country already have similar legislation in place. “I want to give the legislature the ability to deliberate this,” Baker said. “The senate said they’re going to take it up in May, the House said they’re going to take it up in May, we’re going to be in May in a matter of weeks here, and I look forward to what comes out of that.”

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