Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. School children learn about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, PBS airs documentaries about Rosa Parks, and journalists reflect on the influence of Gloria Steinem. This year the historical fanfare was particularly potent: the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision and the fiftieth anniversary of Betty Friedan’s pivotal book, The Feminine Mystique, made this year’s look back at our women leaders more momentous than most.

Apr 12, 2013


On July 1, Massachusetts became the 16th state to enact a gender identity equal rights law as part of its non-discrimination policy. The Transgender Equal Rights Bill, now called the Act Relative to Gender Identity, will protect individuals against discrimination in employment, housing, education and credit.

Jul 2, 2012


When Ethan St. Pierre began the transition to life as a man a decade ago, the Haverhill resident didn’t think the change would cost him his job as a supervisor for a security company.

Jul 2, 2012


BOSTON (AP) — A new law anti-discrimination law protecting transgender individuals in Massachusetts is coming into force.

The Transgender Equal Rights Bill will take effect Sunday — just over seven months after Gov. Deval Patrick signed it into law.

Jul 1, 2012