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:
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:
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:
BOSTON, September 7, 2012—Massachusetts primary elections were held yesterday. Twelve of the 20 candidates endorsed by MassEquality faced opponents. Eleven of them prevailed. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:
BOSTON, September 4, 2012—Today the Democratic National Committee (DNC) formally endorsed marriage equality for all Americansand called for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. The party also endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:
Today, the Boston Globe reported that the Chelsea Collaborative, a social justice organization that works to end oppression for all members of the greater Chelsea community, has returned $40,000 in funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development because the Collaborative could not get clarity about whether or not it would be permitted to organize on behalf of LGBT people who had been discriminated against.
BOSTON, July 9, 2012—State lawmakers included a measure creating a commission to study the issue of unaccompanied homeless youth in the Commonwealth in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, and Gov. Deval Patrick approved the creation of the Commission by signing the FY 2013 budget into law on Sunday, July 8. This Commission will have the authority to make recommendations for programs and services to support homeless youth and MassEquality will have a seat on the Commission. MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. issued the following statement in response:
On July 1, 2012, the Transgender Equal Rights Act will take effect. For the first time in the Commonwealth’s history, transgender residents will be included in the Commonwealth’s statutes, prohibiting the unfair and unjust discrimination they have faced for far too long. Massachusetts will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in extending critical protections to transgender residents in employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes.