May 2, 2012, Boston—Tomorrow, May 3, marks the second anniversary of the signing of the state’s bullying law. This law requires school districts to create bullying prevention plans and provide training on bullying prevention and intervention for all levels of school personnel.

May 2, 2012

 BOSTON, April 10, 2012—MassEquality announces today that it has named longtime LGBT advocate Wes Ritchie as its new Organizing Director. Ritchie is a former campaign organizer for MassEquality. As a student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, he founded an organization to engage young people in the marriage equality movement, which eventually became part of MassEquality’s youth outreach program. He also has extensive experience working on campaigns, which will inform his electoral organizing work for MassEquality.

Apr 10, 2012


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:

Mar 20, 2012


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.

Mar 20, 2012


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.

Mar 15, 2012


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.

Mar 7, 2012


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:

Mar 6, 2012