Misleading Radio Ads In Massachusetts Compromise A Pending Transgender-Rights Bill

Chuck Colbert
Rainbow Times
Sep 1, 2011
“My overall sense is that we have generated incredible momentum.” -- Kara Suffredini,

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.

Secretary of State approves marriage statute, clearing way for signature gathering

The Rainbow Times
Aug 18, 2011
“This is a very exciting and welcome development. Bay Staters know firsthand how important the responsibilities and commitment of marriage are, and MassEquality is looking forward to assisting Equality Maine and the Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition in strengthening support for marriage equality in Maine,” said MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini.

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.

Sen. Scott Brown to Get Log Cabin's Highest Honor

Lucas Grindley
Aug 18, 2011
Brown might have won over the Log Cabin Republicans but he hasn't won over the largest gay rights group in his state, MassEquality.

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."

Goodbye husband, hello wife

Diane Daniel
Boston Globe
Aug 9, 2011
Partners, families, and friends of transgendered people have a special opportunity to help foster understanding. We’re on the front lines, on the side of love. To those of you who want to join me, to share your stories, step right up. I would enjoy the company.

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.

MassEquality’s "Taste of Provincetown" event to feature Tiffani Faison

Hannah Clay Wareham
Bay Windows
Aug 3, 2011
I’m not going to give away exactly what the Quick Fire is because I don’t want the chefs to know, but we’ve got a couple hijinks up our sleeves.

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.

The Taste of Provincetown Aug. 27 Presents Tiffany Faison's QuickFire Challenge with Three P-Town Chefs!

The Rainbow Times
Jul 26, 2011

Boston, MA--Star Chef Tiffani Faison will design and host Taste of Provincetown’s first QuickFire Challenge at this year’s Taste of Provincetown. The Taste of Provincetown, MassEquality’s annual elegant evening affair will also feature three hours of fabulous hors d’oeuvres, les amuse-bouches, fine wines and cocktails contributed by some of Cape Cod’s most highly-rated restaurants and celebrity chefs.

This year, the gala will take place at Provincetown’s Town Hall Auditorium [260 Commercial Street] on Saturday, August 27.

Certification issued, DADT repeal process begins today, a national and local angle

The Rainbow Times
Jul 22, 2011
MassEquality worked hard to convince Sen. Brown to take this vote. We delivered 2,262 postcards and 110 handwritten letters to Sen. Brown urging him to vote for repeal; we made nearly 10,000 calls to families of veterans and other MassEquality members urging them to call Sen. Brown to ask him to support repeal;

Sarvis: We celebrate this day, but the fight for LGB equality in America’s military marches forward

Controversial demand of Conservative Christian group

Jessica Jordan, Rob Sachs
The Voice of Russia
Jul 18, 2011

A Conservative Christian group formed last year is looking to play a bigger role in the race for GOP presidential primary. Iowa-based The Family Leader issued a pledge asking candidates to fill what includes stance on 14 policy positions. Among these is the controversial demand that they enforce the federal Defence of Marriage Act and support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Radio ad sparks debate over Mass. transgender bill

Scot Yount
Jul 14, 2011

(NECN: Scot Yount) - A new radio ad has sparked a controversial debate about a Massachusetts bill that would increase rights for transgender citizens.


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

The Rainbow Times
Jul 12, 2011
“We know that employment discrimination against transgender people is costing the state of Massachusetts millions each year in lost income tax revenues and increased expenditures on public health insurance coverage,” said MassEquality executive director Kara Suffredini.

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.