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 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

 

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:

Sep 7, 2012

BOSTON, September 4, 2012—Today the Democratic National Committee (DNC) formally endorsed marriage equality for all Americans and 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:

Sep 4, 2012

 

Joint Statement regarding shooting at Family Research Council (FRC) from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations

We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.

Aug 15, 2012

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.

Aug 2, 2012

 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:

Jul 9, 2012

 

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.

Jun 29, 2012

 

Today, the US Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Jun 28, 2012

 BOSTON June 25, 2012—Today, the United States Supreme Court struck down three key provisions of a 2010 Arizona immigration law: allowing police to arrest immigrants without a warrant if there was a belief that they had committed an offense that warranted deportation; making it illegal for immigrants to be found without registration papers; and preventing immigrants who are not authorized to work legally in the United States from seeking employment.

Jun 25, 2012