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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.

Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition Congratulates Nevada On New Law Protecting Transgender Workers From Discrimination

May 25, 2011

BOSTON, May 25, 2011—Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law yesterday a measure banning employment discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Nevada is the 14th state to prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people.

“We applaud Nevada for protecting all residents,” said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. “Everyone should have the same opportunities to work, and this bill will help Nevada residents who are transgender support themselves and their families.”

Statement From MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. On Passage of Civil Union Bill By Rhode Island House of Representatives

May 19, 2011

BOSTON, May 19, 2011—Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on passage of civil union bill by Rhode Island House of Representatives:

MassEquality presents the Taste of Provincetown

May 17, 2011

A Festival of Fine Food, Wines and Cocktails With Special Guest Chef Tiffani Faison Saturday, August 27, 2011, beginning at 6:00 PM Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium

New Study Finds Employment Discrimination against Transgender Residents of Massachusetts Costs the State Millions Each Year

May 11, 2011

 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.

Hearing Scheduled for Transgender Equal Rights Bill

May 6, 2011

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:

Statement 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, 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:

 

MassEquality Statement on Rhode Island Speaker Gordon Fox’s Decision To Back Civil Union Bill Instead of Marriage

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:

MassEquality Statement 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, Esq. on Governor’s Council Hearing On Supreme Judicial Court Nominee Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk:

Paul McMahon, In Memoriam

Apr 12, 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.”