BOSTON, December 5, 2012 -- Following several years of declining revenue, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social justice organizations experienced a 17% revenue increase from 2010 to 2011 according to a new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP). Organizations are reaping the benefits of improved efficiency during the belt-tightening years, and increased funding primarily fueled by an increase in individual donations, which helped secure historic victories in the 2012 election.

Dec 5, 2012

On Dec. 7, 2012, the Chelsea Collaborative will honor the Two Sisters and a Wife Foundation, a family foundation managed by long-time MassEquality board member Sara Whitman, with its Social Justice Champion Award.

Nov 28, 2012

November 26, 2012—On Oct. 17, 2012, the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover sponsored a debate between state Rep. Jim Lyons and challenger Barbara L’Italien, who were competing for the 18th Essex House District. In answer to a question about their opinions about the Transgender Equal Rights Law, Rep. Lyons, who passionately opposed passage of the law, asserted that he would be the transgender community’s most ardent advocate if he was presented with actual tales of discrimination.

Nov 25, 2012

BOSTON, November 13, 2012—Today, MassEquality and the LGBT Aging Project praised the Patrick Administration for recognizing that LGBT elders have unique needs separate from the greater population and for urging local elder service agencies to specifically reach out to LGBT elders.

Nov 13, 2012

On November 6, voters re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term in office; approved marriage equality measures in Maine and Maryland, and defeated a proposed anti-marriage Constitutional amendment in Minnesota. Massachusetts voters sent Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate and Joe Kennedy to the United States House of Representatives. They also elected Eileen Duff, an out lesbian, to the Governor’s Council and elected 25 pro-LGBTQ champions to Beacon Hill. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:

Nov 7, 2012

The MassEquality office will be CLOSED due to Hurricane Sandy on Monday, 10/29/2012.

Oct 29, 2012


Job Title: Communications Director


Reporting to: Executive Director



Oct 25, 2012


BOSTON, October 15, 2012—Last week, the day before National Coming Out Day and midway through National Bullying Prevention Month, New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes broadcast an offensive tweet about LGBT people to his 280,000 followers on Twitter. MassEquality Executive Director issued the following statement in response:

Oct 15, 2012

 BOSTON, September 27, 2012—Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Correction announced that it will appeal Massachusetts District Court Judge Mark Wolf’s ruling that gender reassignment surgery is medically necessary for an inmate housed at MCI-Norfolk. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:

Sep 27, 2012


BOSTON, September 18, 2012—On September 17, John Auerbach resigned as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini offered the following statement:

Sep 18, 2012