Governor Charlie Baker
According to media reports Wedneday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was driven off the stage at an LGBT event Wednesday night after appearing to not show enough support for a transgender anti-discrimination bill, reports said.
As reported by the Boston Herald, Baker was a guest speaker at the Boston Spirit Magazine’s LGBT executive networking night at the Boston Marriott Copley Place when he was booed off stage after only 18 minutes of speaking.
The crowd reportedly heckled the governor after he “did not voice his support for a transgender anti-discrimination bill,” WHDH reported.
“We should not discriminate against anyone in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Baker said, according to the Boston Herald. “If and when (the bill) lands on my desk, I’ll talk to all parties involved.”
According to the Boston Herald, this is when the audience began to chant “Sign the bill” before he was shouted at and booed off the stage.
Lorelei Erisis, a transgender resident from Ayer, told the Boston Herald Baker’s speech was “one of the most politically tone-deaf speeches I’ve ever heard.”
A spokesperson for the governor’s office reportedly said Baker supports the bill, but wanted to review it, according to WHDH.