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


As of July 1, Massachusetts joins sixteen states and the District of Columbia in providing legal protection against discrimination based on gender identity or expression in employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes.

As of today no citizen of Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be fired from a job for being transgender. The Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act took effect at the stroke of midnight July 1.

Jul 1, 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
Jun 30, 2012


Beginning on Sunday, transgender citizens in Massachusetts will be legally protected from certain forms of discrimination, as they are in 15 other states and in Washington D.C.

Jun 29, 2012


Time to get moving on public accommodations

Jun 27, 2012

Time to get moving on public accommodations

This Sunday, on July 1, 2012, the Transgender Equal Rights Bill will take effect. For the first time in the state’s history, transgender residents will be included in the state’s civil rights laws.

This is momentous. There are only, by best estimates, about 33,000 transgender residents in the state. But when we protect them and their families, we make the state safer for everyone, because as a society, we are only as strong as our most vulnerable neighbors.

Jun 27, 2012


BOSTON, Mass — MassEquality announced yesterday that the Third Annual Taste of Provincetown will take place Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6pm at Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street. Attendees will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, les amuse-bouches, and fine wines and cocktails contributed by some of Cape Cod’s most highly-rated restaurants and celebrity chefs.

Jun 13, 2012


Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.

Jun 12, 2012

“We have done our best to discern the direction of these precedents, but only the Supreme Court can finally decide this unique case," the First Circuit Court decision.


May 31, 2012