MassEquality Praises Gov. Patrick For Signing Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Nov 23, 2011


BOSTON, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 —Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on the signing of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill:

“We applaud Governor Patrick for signing the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, his latest action in a long-standing effort to create a Commonwealth where all hardworking people, including transgender people, have the opportunity to make a living, put a roof over their heads, and get an education without fear of being discriminated against simply because of who they are.

Transgender Equal Rights Bill Passes in Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2011


BOSTON, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 — In an historic move, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill today, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia in extending critical protections to transgender residents in employment, housing, education, credit, and hate crimes.

House Passes Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Nov 15, 2011

BOSTON, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 – In an historic move, the state House of Representatives passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill today by a vote of 95-58.

“This bill includes essential protections for transgender residents, who are not currently protected in any areas of the Commonwealth’s civil rights laws,” said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. “We strongly urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill.”

MassEquality Statement In Support of Occupy Boston

Oct 6, 2011

 BOSTON, October 6, 2011—The LGBT community is disproportionately represented among those who are victims of the nation’s ongoing economic crisis. We are the un- and underemployed. We are the un- and underinsured. We are the homeless and under-housed. And we are disproportionately impacted by government-sanctioned discrimination and denial of resources and protections.

If any group understands the plight of the 99% given voice by Occupy Boston, it’s the Commonwealth’s LGBT 6.5%:

Kara Suffredini Named to Equality Federation Board of Directors

Sep 30, 2011

 BOSTON, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011—Today, MassEquality announces that Executive Director Kara Suffredini has been named a member of the Equality Federation Board of Directors. The Equality Federation is a national alliance of statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations working to build a more skilled and effective state-based equality movement.

Hurricane Irene Or No Hurricane Irene—Taste Of Provincetown Is On!

Aug 26, 2011

FRIDAY, August, 26, 2011—We have been in touch with the town of Provincetown and all of our participating restaurants and other vendors to confirm their participation in Saturday's Taste of Provincetown. Hurricane Irene is not expected to hit until later in the weekend and our event will end by 9 p.m. Saturday night. So we will be there and we hope you will, too! 

MassEquality and MIRA Applaud DHS and Obama Administration for Change in Deportation Procedure

Aug 25, 2011

 BOSTON, August 24, 2011—Immigrant and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups today praised the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security on their efforts to end the deportation of low-priority cases. This change benefits many in the immigrant community, including married same-sex binational couples who are threatened with deportation because their marriages are not recognized by the federal government. The Administration has stated that they will consider legally married same-sex spouses as “family.”


Testimony In Support of "An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth"

Jul 28, 2011

 The Honorable Kay Khan, House Chair, Room 146

The Honorable Michael Rodrigues, Senate Chair, Room 320

Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities

State House, Boston, MA 02133


Dear Chairwoman Khan and Chairman Rodrigues,


Testimony In Support of "An Act Establishing Paid Sick Days"

Jul 22, 2011

Dear Chairman Wolf, Chairwoman Coakley-Rivera and Members of the Committee:

On behalf of the 200,000 members of MassEquality, the statewide organization working to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) resident in the Commonwealth is protected from cradle to grave – with equal rights and opportunities in schools, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement – I urge you to offer a favorable recommendation of Senate Bill 930 and House Bill 1398, An Act Establishing Paid Sick Days.