Senate Ways & Means proposes $2 million cut to HIV/AIDS funding in Mass.

Hannah Clay Wareham
Bay Windows
May 20, 2011
"Over the last decade, state funding for HIV treatment and prevention has declined about 25 percent," Haag added. "During the same period, the number of people living with HIV and AIDS has increased by 42 percent. Today, there are approximately 18,000 people living with HIV in Massachusetts. They are some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens. With the cuts proposed this week, they are being asked to bear more than their fair share for solving the state’s fiscal crisis.

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has proposed a $2 million cut to an HIV/AIDS line item in budget recommendations released May 18.

Massachusetts celebrates seven years of same-sex marriage

Hannah Clay Wareham
Bay Windows
May 18, 2011

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:

The Callie Crossley Show: Transgender Rights and Recognition

May 16, 2011

Celebrate the Anniversary of seven years of Marriage Equality with MassEquality

The Rainbow Times
May 13, 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.

Transgender discrimination costs Massachusetts millions, study finds

Mary Moore
Boston Business Journal
May 11, 2011
Massachusetts spends nearly $3 million annually on public health insurance coverage for those who have lost jobs due to anti-transgender bias, according to the study.

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.

Study: Transgender Discrimination Costs Mass. Millions

Peter Cassels
EDGE Boston
May 11, 2011
"The added cost to Massachusetts for public health insurance coverage alone is $3 million annually," Jody Herman, a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute and the report’s author, told EDGE.

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.

The cost of discrimination: $5 million

Hannah Clay Wareham
Bay Windows
May 11, 2011
Suffredini also noted the juxtaposition of the transgender community’s predominantly high education level with overall low employment levels. "We’re talking about a population of people who are generally over-educated," she said. "Most transgender people, when they can’t get a job, they say, ’Hey, well, I’ll go back to school and get my PhD.’ They end up being a very over-educated population, and they can’t get a job solely because of who they are."

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.

Transgender bias in workplace costs millions, study says

Katie Johnston Chase
Boston Globe
May 11, 2011
“When that many people face discrimination, when we trace out the economic consequences, the dollars add up very quickly,’’ said Lee Badgett, research director at the Williams Institute and director of the Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

Trans Employment Discrimination costs Massachusetts millions each year, study finds

The Rainbow Times
May 11, 2011
Herman continued: “Clearly there is a need for more study of these issues. The Commonwealth pays the price when the fiscal ripple effect of employment discrimination is closely examined. In addition to public assistance and health insurance costs, housing instability and the need to access Commonwealth-funded job training and placement programs should also be considered for further study.”

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.

Council approves Lenk for seat on state’s top court

Michael Levenson
Boston Globe
May 5, 2011
“Today is a historic day in Massachusetts,’’ said Kara S. Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality. “We’re thrilled that the Governor’s Council stuck to the facts and focused on the fact that she is an eminently qualified judge and dismissed the antigay rhetoric that characterized the hearing last week.’’

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.