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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:

May 6, 2011

 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:

 

May 4, 2011

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:

Apr 27, 2011

BOSTON, April 27, 2011— Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini on Rhode Island Speaker Gordon Fox’s Decision To Back Civil Union Bill Instead of Marriage:

Apr 27, 2011

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.”

Apr 12, 2011

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:

Apr 6, 2011

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.

Apr 4, 2011

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.

Mar 9, 2011

Providence, RI– The Rhode Island Marriage Coalition has unveiled a television ad advocating for the passage of marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island.  The ad begins airing today.

Mar 8, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this brutal crime, a transgender woman who was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition after the attack. We hope her assailant is swiftly taken into custody and brought to justice.

Mar 2, 2011