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

Findings of the NATIONAL TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION SURVEY by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Download the full Report in PDF Format »

Massachusetts Results
There were 283 respondents from Massachusetts.

Workplace Discrimination

Feb 28, 2011

BOSTON, February 23, 2011—Today the Obama Administration announced that it will no longer defend the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in federal lawsuits challenging the law. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder concluded that sexual orientation classifications require heightened judicial scrutiny, and that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.

Feb 23, 2011

On Feb 17, 2011 Carly Burton, MassEquality's Director of Public Policy & Political Affairs, testified on the recently enacted Massachusetts anti-bullying legislation. 

An excerpt:

Feb 22, 2011

Massachusetts Becomes 21st State Offering Employment Non-Discrimination Protection For Transgender State Workers

Feb 17, 2011

BOSTON, February 2, 2011—MassEquality’s annual signature fundraiser, The Red Party, will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at The Estate, One Boylston Place (The Alley), Boston. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund MassEquality’s work to end anti-LGBT bullying in schools.


Feb 7, 2011

Longtime policy advocate Carly Burton will run political and policy program, and Equality California veteran Chris Riley will direct MassEquality field work

BOSTON, January 26, 2011 —MassEquality announces today that it has named longtime advocates Carly Burton and Chris Riley as its new Director of Public Policy and Political Affairs and Field Director, respectively.

Jan 26, 2011