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MassEquality Statement on Official End of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Jul 22, 2011

 BOSTON, JULY 22, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on the official end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell":

“Today’s certification by President Obama of the end of 18 years of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a tremendous victory for lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers and their families who have endured the harms of this discriminatory law while advancing freedom for others.

Transgender Equal Rights Coalition Lauds Northampton City Council’s Support for the Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Jul 12, 2011

 On July 7, the Northampton City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill that called for the legislature to act quickly to pass this important legislation. The Transgender Equal Rights Coalition applauds the Council’s action and encourages the legislature to follow the council’s leadership and pass the bill this year.

MassEquality Statement on the Commission on Bullying Prevention’s Recommendations to the Legislature For Improving the Commonwealth’s Anti-Bullying Law

Jun 30, 2011

 BOSTON, June 30, 2011— Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on the Commission on Bullying Prevention’s recommendations to the Legislature for improving the Commonwealth’s anti-bullying law:

MassEquality Statement on the Commission on Bullying Prevention’s Recommendations to the Legislature For Improving the Commonwealth’s Anti-Bullying Law

Jun 30, 2011

BOSTON, June 30, 2011— Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on the Commission on Bullying Prevention’s recommendations to the Legislature for improving the Commonwealth’s anti-bullying law:

MassEquality Statement on New York’s Recognition of Full Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Jun 27, 2011

BOSTON, June 27, 2011— Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on New York’s passage of marriage equality law:

“MassEquality welcomes New York to the growing roster of states that recognize the full marriage rights of same-sex couples. In less than one month, couples will be able to legally wed in New York. Some of these couples have waited decades for this moment, and we offer our most enthusiastic congratulations on their pending nuptials.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini Named ‘40 Under 40 Leader’ by New Leaders Council

Jun 15, 2011

BOSTON, June 15, 2011—New Leaders Council, a national nonprofit that works to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs, has named MassEquality Executive Director Kara S. Suffredini, Esq. a 2011 40 Under 40 Leader.

Once a year, New Leaders Council honors the most influential young leaders in America's progressive movement with the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. Last year's winners included leaders like Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List and Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.

Statement on Swearing In of Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk

Jun 8, 2011

BOSTON, JUNE 8, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on the swearing in of Judge Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court:

Contact state reps and senators on state funding for LGBT issues!

Jun 6, 2011

Thanks to your calls and emails, the Senate allotted $100,000 to the state GLBT Youth Commission, whose important work includes improving the climate for LGBT students by advocating for anti-LGBT bullying resources. This is $75,000 more than was included in the House budget.

Advocates Urge Judiciary Committee to Favorably Report the Transgender Equal Rights Bill Out of Committee

Jun 3, 2011

Noting the statewide consensus for its passage and the growing trend at the state and federal level for enacting non-discrimination protections for transgender people, the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition is calling on the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary to report the bill favorably out of committee so that it may be debated and voted on by the full House and Senate.