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Kara Suffredini, Executive Director of MassEquality, was named to the Equality Federation Board of Directors, the organization announced Friday, Sept. 30. The Equality Federation, a national alliance of LGBT advocacy organizations, works to build a more effective state-based equality movement.


Oct 5, 2011

A bill to extend basic legal protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts has languished for years on Beacon Hill. It is time to stop stalling: the legislature should move immediately to approve it.There is currently a tremendous window of opportunity. The distraction of the casino debate — a ready excuse for delaying uncomfortable legislation — is about to end at last.

Sep 29, 2011

Fun fact: there’s a law on the books in Massachusetts making it illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to hospital patients.



Not so fun fact: Sex between two women or two men is still deemed illegal under section 34 of Chapter 272 which criminalizes "the abominable and detestable crime against nature" and section 35 of Chapter 272, which criminalizes an "unnatural and lascivious act." Both of these sections are understood by courts to make same-sex sexual conduct illegal.


Sep 28, 2011

Fun fact: there’s a law on the books in Massachusetts making it illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to hospital patients.



Not so fun fact: Sex between two women or two men is still deemed illegal under section 34 of Chapter 272 which criminalizes "the abominable and detestable crime against nature" and section 35 of Chapter 272, which criminalizes an "unnatural and lascivious act." Both of these sections are understood by courts to make same-sex sexual conduct illegal.


Sep 28, 2011

 

MassEquality continues to push for the repeal of an arcane law that it maintains could potentially criminalize consensual same-sex sexual contact in the Commonwealth.

Sep 16, 2011

For more than a month now, the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) has run radio ads slamming a bill in the legislature that would add “gender identity and expression” to the state’s civil-rights laws, outlawing discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and access to public accommodations. The measure would also expand the state’s hate-crimes statutes to include transgender-related offenses.


Sep 1, 2011

U.S. senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts is set to receive the highest award given by the Log Cabin Republicans. But he hasn't always been on the side of LGBT rights.

"Senator Brown knew that 'don't ask, don't tell' was not working and was a critical part of the legislative team that ended the policy," said R. Clarke Cooper, the group's executive director, in the announcement of its next Spirit of Lincoln award.

Cooper said Brown deserves the honor because he "has proven himself to be an ally to our community."

Aug 18, 2011

Local Organizations Weigh In

MAINE--Yesterday, same-sex marriage advocates in Maine announced that a citizen initiative campaign for a law allowing same-sex couples to marry cleared its first major hurdle with the Secretary of State’s approval of the language of the proposed statute. This allows campaign volunteers and supporters to begin collecting the signatures required to put “An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom” on the November 2012 ballot.

Aug 18, 2011

Not long ago I volunteered to help the director of a New England nonprofit get media coverage and, we hoped, more funding, for his organization that helps transgendered youth.

What the public responds to first and foremost, I said, are personal stories. But he told me that reporters wouldn’t be able to interview the kids.

Fair enough. So I asked if he would tell his own story about transitioning from female to male, getting booted from a job because of it, and starting this organization to help other gender-questioning youth feel more empowered.

Aug 9, 2011

The openly lesbian "Top Chef" finalist talks with Bay Windows about her new Fenway restaurant, the It Gets Better Project, and her favorite summertime food.

Aug 3, 2011