Governor Patrick declares May 17 "Marriage Equality Day."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared Tuesday, May 17 -- the seventh anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth -- "Marriage Equality Day." MassEquality rallied Tuesday to celebrate the anniversary.

Patrick’s proclamation declaring May 17 "Marriage Equality Day" reads:

May 18, 2011
May 16, 2011

MassEquality will celebrate seven wonderful years of marriage next Tuesday, May 17—and you’re invited! MassEquality will recognize couples who applied for marriage licenses in the Commonwealth on May 17, 2004, and will celebrate with cupcakes, dancing, and entertainment from The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band a raucous, 15-piece stomp-your-foot-and-belt-out-the-choruses New Orleans-style street band.

May 13, 2011

Anti-trans job bias costs state millions.

The state of Massachusetts loses more than $5 million every year in lost income tax revenue, public expenditures, and other expenses -- all because of anti-transgender employment discrimination, according to study results released by The Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA School of Law that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public policy issues.

May 11, 2011

State spending on insurance for jobless is cited

Employment discrimination against transgender Massachusetts residents is costing the state millions of dollars each year in increased payouts for public health insurance benefits and other costs, according to a report being released today.

May 11, 2011

MASSACHUSETTS - A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the Commonwealth millions of dollars each year. These costs are the result of reduced income tax revenue, expenditures on public assistance programs, and other costs.The added cost to the Commonwealth for public health insurance coverage alone is $3 million annually due to employment discrimination against transgender workers.

May 11, 2011

Discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the state millions each year, according to a study released Wednesday by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy.

The study calculates the costs in terms of lost income tax revenue and increased reliance on public assistance programs and public health insurance.

May 11, 2011

Excluding transgender citizens from its employment non-discrimination laws costs Massachusetts millions of dollars a year, according to a new study.

Trans workers suffering underemployment or loss of employment often result in lost wages and health insurance coverage and housing instability. A study the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law released on Wednesday, May 11, found that the Commonwealth experiences lost tax revenues and higher public assistance costs as a result.

May 11, 2011

Barbara A. Lenk, a veteran Massachusetts Appeals Court judge, won confirmation yesterday to a seat on the Supreme Judicial Court, becoming the first openly gay judge to serve on the state’s highest judicial body.

The Governor’s Council confirmed Lenk on a 5-to-3 vote. She is Governor Deval Patrick’s fourth appointment to the seven-member SJC, which issued the landmark 2003 ruling that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

May 5, 2011

Barbara A. Lenk is the state’s first openly gay judge in Supreme Judicial Court.

Barbara A. Lenk, an associate justice of the state Appeals Court, has been confirmed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She is the state’s first openly gay judge on the SJC. Lenk was nominated for the seat by Governor Deval Patrick on April 4, and the Governor’s Council voted to confirm her appointment on Wednesday, May 4.

May 4, 2011