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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

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

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

BOSTON -- Appeals Court Judge Barbara A. Lenk has been confirmed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Five members of the Governor’s Council gave their vote to Lenk, which made her the first openly gay member of the state’s highest court. The remaining Councilors, Charles Cipollini, Mary-Ellen Manning and Jennie Cassie voted against the confirmation.

MassEquality Executive Director, Kara Suffredini, Esq., issued a statement about the confirmation.

May 4, 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

Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., was killed after a firefight with a small group of American forces on May 1st. According to President Obama, the U.S. quickly took custody of his body following the shooting.

Located in Abbottabad, Pakistan, bin Laden was hunted down in a million dollar compound, which had been under surveillance for several months. The target operation was authorized by president Obama once enough security intelligence was gathered to authorize mobilization, he said in a statement. However, the war on terror is not over.

May 1, 2011

HIV/AIDS line item funding.

On Tuesday night, April 26, the Massachusetts House passed a public health amendment that not only restored the $2 million slated to be cut, but added an additional $500,000.

Apr 27, 2011

BOSTON (AP) — The court that issued the historic ruling making Massachusetts the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages could be getting its first gay justice.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday nominated Barbara Lenk to fill an open slot on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Lenk is openly gay and married her partner after the high court ruled in 2003 that the state's ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.

Apr 5, 2011