BOSTON, January 9, 2013 – Tiffani Faison, the chef-owner of Sweet Cheeks BBQ, will be at Anna’s Taqueria Jan. 29 rolling its signature West Coast-style burritos in support of MassEquality. The event will take place from 6 to 8 pm at Anna’s Taqueria, 446 Harvard St., Brookline. Proceeds from each $10 burrito will be donated to MassEquality. 

Jan 9, 2013

January 4, 2013—MassEquality announces today that it made Philanthropedia’s list of top nonprofits working locally to advance LGBTQ equality. Philanthropedia is a division of the leading nonprofit information provider GuideStar.

Philanthropedia compiled its list by surveying 110 experts working in the field of LGBTQ equality to identify organizations that were making the biggest impact on a local and national level.

Jan 4, 2013


December 21, 2012—Today, President Barack Obama nominated United States Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to serve as his next Secretary of State. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini offered the following statement in response:

Dec 21, 2012

BOSTON, December 7, 2012 —Today, the US Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in Windsor v. United States, which challenges Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. At President Barack Obama’s direction, the US Department of Justice is no longer defending DOMA. A Congressional panel led by House Speaker John Boehner has been defending the law in court.

Dec 7, 2012

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