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Baystate Health: Equality Index Leader in LGBT Healthcare 2012, HRC Reports

Baystate Health: Equality Index Leader in LGBT Healthcare 2012, HRC Reports

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for the second consecutive year in the Healthcare Equality Index of 2012 report, receiving a perfect rating for its inclusive policies and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people throughout its western Massachusetts network. Baystate Health – the only […]

Historic Transgender Equal Rights Act To Take Effect July 1, 2012

Historic Transgender Equal Rights Act To Take Effect July 1, 2012

BOSTON, Mass.—On July 1, 2012, the Transgender Equal Rights Act will take effect. For the first time in the Commonwealth’s history, transgender residents will be included in the Commonwealth’s statutes, prohibiting the unfair and unjust discrimination they have faced for far too long. Massachusetts will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in extending […]

Fact Sheet: The Affordable Care Act: Secure Health Coverage for the Middle Class

Fact Sheet: The Affordable Care Act: Secure Health Coverage for the Middle Class

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses.  This law was also specifically designed to give States the resources and flexibility they need to tailor their approach to their unique needs.  With […]

National Reactions to the High Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act, 5-4

National Reactions to the High Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act, 5-4

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) “This is an important day for the Supreme Court and an important day for Americans who need affordable health care coverage. But I hope this will also be an important day for our politics and our discourse. For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to […]

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Pres. Obama's Affordable Care Act

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act

In a dramatic move with significant political and economic implications, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday (June 28) voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark health care reform law. The vote, at least in regard to the key conflict, was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion and joining […]

The Transgender Bill, H3810, Takes Effect July 1: What You Need to Know

The Transgender Bill, H3810, Takes Effect July 1: What You Need to Know

Courtesy of GLAD On November 23, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law H3810, An Act Relative to Gender Identity. This law adds “gender identity” as a protected characteristic to Massachusetts’ employment, housing, credit and public education anti-discrimination laws and to Massachusetts’ hate crimes law. All of these laws also protect several other characteristics, including […]

June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day: Know Your Status, Get Tested

June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day: Know Your Status, Get Tested

BOSTON, Mass. — Today is National HIV Testing Day. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates that one-in-five people living with HIV do not know their status. What that means for Massachusetts is that there are approximately 7,000 to 9,000 people who are HIV positive in the Commonwealth but don’t know it. “We cannot end the AIDS […]

Cyndi Lauper Releases "Sex Is In The Heel" From The Musical Soon To Be in Broadway

Cyndi Lauper Releases “Sex Is In The Heel” From The Musical Soon To Be in Broadway

Iconic performer Cyndi Lauper has released “Sex is in the Heel,” a remixed selection from the upcoming musical Kinky Boots. The track is available for free download starting  at www.kinkybootsthemusical.com. Lauper debuted a live performance of “Sex is in the Heel” at NY Pride Parade this Sunday. Kinky Boots, the new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and […]