BOSTON, March 20, 2012—Last week, the Boston City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for passage of “An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.” The bill would create a state Commission to study the issue of homeless youth and make recommendations on the services available and needed by homeless teens. MassEquality will have a spot on this Commission.
BOSTON, March 20, 2012—During an interview with CNN on Monday, US Senator Scott Brown described the marriage rights of same-sex couples as “settled law” in Massachusetts and dismissed ongoing debate on the issue by saying that Bay State voters have “moved on.”
MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini issued the following statement in response:
BOSTON, March 15, 2012—Organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place in South Boston rejected an application by MassEquality to participate in Sunday’s parade. In doing so, organizers cited the 1995 US Supreme Court decision in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, which held that parade organizers are legally able to exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from participating.
Today, MassEquality announces that Executive Director Kara Suffredini has been named a member of Eastern Bank’s Board of Corporators. Eastern Bank is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Boston, and the corporate powers of the bank are vested in individuals who are known as Corporators. Corporators do not have a financial interest in, and receive no financial benefit from Eastern Bank, they represent the interests of the local community and, for governance purposes, are similar to stockholders.
Late last week, Northeastern University Student Government Association and Graduate Student Government Association voted against plans to allow Chick-fil-A, whose owners have donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT causes, from opening a restaurant on campus.
MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:
On Monday, March 5, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be speaking in Boston at a high profile political fundraiser. MassEquality today called on Christie, who vetoed a marriage equality bill Feb. 17 that had been passed by New Jersey lawmakers, to show respect for the rights of same-sex couples to marry and for the institution of marriage itself.
MassEquality announced that it raised $125,000 at its inaugural Icon Awards. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, philanthropist Ron Ansin, Chelsea Collaborative Executive Director Gladys Vega, and Eastern Bank were honored as Icons of LGBT Equality at the event, which took place at the State Room Feb. 29.