BOSTON — A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the state millions of dollars each year. These costs are the result of reduced income tax revenue, expenditures on public assistance programs, and other costs related to an increased need for public assistance programs.
The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the Transgender Equal Rights Bill on Wednesday, June 8, at 1 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. The bill would update Massachusetts' nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws to include transgender people. We are encouraging supporters to submit written, rather than oral, testimony on this important legislation to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. To submit your testimony, please mail a copy to each of the Committee Chairs:
BOSTON, MAY 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Council Vote To Confirm Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk’s Nomination To The Supreme Judicial Court:
BOSTON, APRIL 27, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Council Hearing On Supreme Judicial Court Nominee Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk:
MassEquality is deeply saddened by the passing of Paul McMahon. Paul and his husband Ralph Hodgdon became iconic symbols of marriage equality in Massachusetts with their handmade sign proclaiming how many years they had been together followed by how many years they had been married. Most recently their sign said, “55 years together, 6 years married.”
BOSTON, APRIL 6, 2011—Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Councilor Charles Cipollini’s Remarks in the Fall River Herald about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Supreme Judicial Court Appointments:
BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court:
“Judge Lenk’s appointment would shatter the glass ceiling in Massachusetts around the appointment of openly LGBT attorneys to the state’s highest court. The bench should reflect the community that it serves. It’s undeniable that the existence of openly LGBT attorneys and judges influences debate on the legal issues that impact our lives.
BOSTON, March 8, 2011—A report released this month by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an independent, policy think tank focused on LGBT issues, finds that organizations working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are showing strong signs of financial health and operating efficiency despite a cumulative 20 percent revenue decline from 2008 to 2009.