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

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.

Jul 26, 2011

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

Jul 22, 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.

Jul 18, 2011

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


Jul 14, 2011

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.

Jul 12, 2011