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