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MassEquality Welcomes New Executive Director

BOSTON, Mass.—The Board of Directors of MassEquality is pleased to announce that Tanya Neslusan has accepted the position of executive director of the organization. Having left the corporate tech world to turn her full attention to her activist roots, Tanya joins MassEquality at a critical juncture. MassEquality is redirecting its focus from a primary emphasis…

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MassEquality Statement on the Toxic Comments of Candidate for Springfield City Council Christopher Pohner

BOSTON – October 31, 2019 – In response to the toxic remarks made by Christopher Pohner, a candidate running for an at-large seat in next week’s Springfield City Council election, MassEquality released the following statement: “MassEquality condemns the vile transphobic, homophobic, and racist comments made by Springfield City Council candidate Christopher Pohner. No candidate who…

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A Letter to Our Membership

Dear Friends of MassEquality, Since its founding, MassEquality has committed to ensuring that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are proud to have achieved numerous policy and electoral victories to this end. From marriage equality to the ban on gay conversion therapy…

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MassEquality Statement on the Straight Pride Parade

BOSTON – August 29, 2019 – A group known as Super Happy Fun America is planning a Straight Pride March at noon on Saturday, August 31, 2019, beginning in Boston’s Copley Square and ending at Boston City Hall Plaza. MassEquality’s Acting Executive Director, Robb Johnson, released the following statement: “MassEquality works to ensure that everyone…

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MassEquality Statement on the Results of the 2018 Massachusetts Primary Election

BOSTON – September 6, 2018– MassEquality PAC celebrates Tuesday’s primary wins by its endorsed candidates, including two openly LGBTQ people. The PAC’s winners include first-time contenders Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Tami Gouveia, Becca Rausch and Maria Robinson as well as incumbents Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Liz Malia. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields,…

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MassEquality PAC Announces First Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

BOSTON – June 19, 2018 – Today, the MassEquality PAC announced its first round of endorsements for the 2018 legislative races. First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include: Gretchen Van Ness (14th Suffolk) Sabrina Heisey (36th Middlesex) “Both of these candidates have been effective advocates and supporters of LGBTQ equality in their communities,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah…

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MassEquality PAC Announces First Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

BOSTON – June 19, 2018 – Today, the MassEquality PAC announced its first round of endorsements for the 2018 legislative races. First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include: Gretchen Van Ness (14th Suffolk) Sabrina Heisey (36th Middlesex) “Both of these candidates have been effective advocates and supporters of LGBTQ equality in their communities,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah…

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MassEquality Responds to Introduction of Equality Act

New federal legislation is a significant step forward for LGBTQ equality, but much more work to be done on the state level  BOSTON — July 23, 2015 — Today, Congress introduced The Equality Act, a groundbreaking new bill that will explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in public accommodations, employment, housing, education,…

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MassEquality Responds to EEOC decision to Add Sexual Orientation to Federal Employment Law

BOSTON — July 21, 2015 — In response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decision to amend Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protection from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, MassEquality’s Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Krina Patel released the following statement:  “MassEquality applauds the EEOC’s decision and we’re…

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MassEquality Applauds U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Establishing a Constitutional Right for Same-Sex Couples to Marry

BOSTON — June 26, 2015 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality for same-sex couples is a constitutional right, thus guaranteeing that same-sex couples in 13 states without equal rights will now be able to marry. MassEquality board chair Robyn Ochs made the following comment in response:  “This is a historic day in our country and we…

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