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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Appeals Court in Boston

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Appeals Court in Boston

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service– A unanimous three-judge panel of the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today (Thursday, May 31) that the core part of the Defense of Marriage Act, barring federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples, is unconstitutional. An appeal of that decision is expected to be filed fairly quickly with […]

City School honors GLBT Activist Reverend Jason Lydon with Big Picture Award

City School honors GLBT Activist Reverend Jason Lydon with Big Picture Award

City School honors GLBT activist: We expect more than 200 guests to join us for our annual celebration of the “Big Picture” Awards. On May 31st, The City School will honor community leaders including the Reverend Jason Lydon of Community Church of Boston, Josefina Vazquez of Boston Women’s Fund and Merveline Chambers of Mother’s for […]

Human Rights in Pride – for Boston Pride Week and beyond

Human Rights in Pride – for Boston Pride Week and beyond

By: Linda DeMarco/President of Boston Pride– Pride Week is finally almost upon us and 2012 is already promising to be an important year for an emerging consensus around rights for our community.  President Barack Obama’s recent statement affirming his support for marriage equality – the first sitting president to do so – is an important […]

The 27th Annual AIDS Walk & 5K Run: Stories of Love, Support, Commitment

The 27th Annual AIDS Walk & 5K Run: Stories of Love, Support, Commitment

Hudson Resident Urges Others To Get Involved In Fight Against AIDS [All Stories Courtesy AIDS Action Committee] Anna Tary, 50, has been raising money for AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run for 22 years and volunteering at the Walk for 17. Unlike so many others who’ve been involved with the Walk for decades, Tary doesn’t […]

Turn Pride into Action: Making it Better Now for LGBT Students

Turn Pride into Action: Making it Better Now for LGBT Students

By: Jason Cianciotto & Sean Cahill*/Special for TRT– As parades and celebrations occur across the Bay State, LGBT youth are putting their pride into action this month by testifying at public hearings sponsored by the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT youth. These meeting are an opportunity for legislators, parents, and community leaders to hear directly from […]

The OutField: Former Division I Football Player Creates the Akil Patterson’s Project

The OutField: Former Division I Football Player Creates the Akil Patterson’s Project

By: Dan Woog*/Special for TRT– When University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown made anti-gay comments recently – among other things, he threatened the Omaha city council with eternal damnation if it passed a bill prohibiting businesses from firing workers because they’re gay – many people were outraged. Akil Patterson was too. But he […]

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If You Don’t Believe in LGBT Rights for All U.S. Citizens, Then You’re Un-American

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist– Congratulations to President Obama, a true American! President Barack Obama has come out in support of same-sex marriage. This is wonderful news and it shows that the president is an honest man who did the right thing. Yes, he will lose some support from some of his backers, but he […]

An LGBTQ-Discrimination Going-out-of-Business Sale

An LGBTQ-Discrimination Going-out-of-Business Sale

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist– It’s just that time of year. Trees are budding, birds are singing and LGBTQ people are pulling out their best rainbow-colored apparel. By the time you read this, Pride season will be in full swing. I’ve already marched in one parade myself. If you live in or near the New England […]

Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit: Seeks Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Illinois

Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit: Seeks Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Illinois

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service– Lambda Legal Defense and the ACLU filed separate lawsuits Wednesday (May 30), seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois. In Darby v. Orr in the circuit court for Cook County, Lambda argues that a state law banning same-sex marriages violates the state constitution’s guarantee of due process […]

You, Like the Sunflowers, Are One of God’s Great Creations—Don’t Forget It

You, Like the Sunflowers, Are One of God’s Great Creations—Don’t Forget It

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist– It’s that time of year. In my home, seedlings have been growing in small cups since March. They need to be potted for the deck garden. There is something very mystical in observing seeds sprout and grow. Tiny shells break open, push up from the dark earth, and grow into […]

To Cook is To Love:  A Foodies Journal

To Cook is To Love: A Foodies Journal

By: John Verlinden*/TRT Columnist– Always read the fine print – Sixth in a series: Food & politics and the 2012 elections Could I get a little help here? I know what I eat matters, and I really want a healthier diet. Now, if I could just figure out what’s actually inside the cans, boxes and […]

Creep of the Week: Charles L. “Let’s Get Rid of the Lesbians & Queers” Worley

Creep of the Week: Charles L. “Let’s Get Rid of the Lesbians & Queers” Worley

By: D’Anne Witkowski*/Special for TRT– It should be a surprise to no sentient being that by coming out in favor of marriage equality; President Obama opened the floodgates for the anti-gay crazies. Mind you, this is not his fault, nor is it really a bad thing. I mean, it’s not like these people haven’t always […]

R.I. Governor Signs Mandate to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage

R.I. Governor Signs Mandate to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage

By: Casey Rocheteau/TRT Reporter– The fight for marriage equality in Rhode Island got a thrust in the right direction May 14, when Governor Lincoln Chafee issued an executive order mandating that the state would recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The order dictated that “all executive state departments, agencies, and offices shall recognize the lawful marriages of […]

Thinking Out Loud: Facing my Cynicism About Obama’s Gay Marriage ‘Evolution’

Thinking Out Loud: Facing my Cynicism About Obama’s Gay Marriage ‘Evolution’

By: Abby Dees*/Special for TRT– You’ve probably seen this week’s cheeky Newsweek cover, featuring a rainbow-haloed Obama and the tag line, “America’s first gay president.” I had no idea it was that easy to be gay. By this logic, my family and all my straight friends are now gay.  Absolutely fine by me, but oh, […]

HBGC to Host Day of Action & Awareness at State House

HBGC to Host Day of Action & Awareness at State House

Day of transformative dialogue will enlighten elected officials, organizations, advocates and supporters of issues impacting Massachusetts LGBTQ people of color [Submitted by the HBGC] BOSTON, MA – On Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 12 – 3 PM, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), local and state organizations and agencies, and elected officials, as well as […]

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