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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 […]

U.S Supreme Court Immigration Law Decision: LGBT Orgs. React

U.S Supreme Court Immigration Law Decision: LGBT Orgs. React

[Continuously updated with other organization leaders' reactions] BOSTON, Mass. —The United States Supreme Court today just released its decision about SB1070, the 2010 Arizona Immigration Law. In such a decision, according to MassEquality, the Court “struck down three key provisions” of the immigration law but upheld the key provision that allows “police to arrest immigrants […]

"We Need Pastors, Not Politicians: Your Election Year Antics are Hurting the Church!"

“We Need Pastors, Not Politicians: Your Election Year Antics are Hurting the Church!”

WASHINGTON – Catholics for Equality, the country’s largest national political organization of pro-LGBT equality Catholics, joined hands yesterday with several fair-minded and faithful Catholic social justice groups in organizing a peaceful protest outside the Archdiocese of Washington, DC’s rally promoting the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” election year political campaign. The Catholic groups came together […]

Channing & Joe, Stripped Actors Talk film’s Gay following, Wearing Thongs, More

Channing & Joe, Stripped Actors Talk film’s Gay following, Wearing Thongs, More

By: Chris Azzopardi*/Special for TRT– “Wearing a thong is a pain in the a$$” escapes Joe Manganiello’s mouth with complete disregard to the glaring innuendo. “Oh god. I can’t believe I just said that.” Who can blame him? Avoiding double entendres about Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s unexpected – but completely acceptable – foray into the […]

Fenway Health Leads in Healthcare Equality Across the Board

Fenway Health Leads in Healthcare Equality Across the Board

By: Chuck Colbert/TRT Reporter– A new report on that status of healthcare for LGBT Americans shows that an increasing number of hospitals are striving to treat patients equally and respectfully. That’s the main take away point from the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 (HEI), Healthcare Equality Index, released on Tuesday, June 19, during a news conference […]

Speaking Truth to Power For LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

Speaking Truth to Power For LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

   Massachusetts GLBT Youth Commission testimony of Mandy Lussier, Safe Spaces Coordinator at Youth on Fire, a program of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts that serves street-involved youth age 14-24. Good afternoon. My name is Mandy Lussier, and I’m the Safe Spaces Coordinator at Youth on Fire. Youth On Fire is a drop-in center […]

Mainers Unite for Marriage Equality at Pride's 26th Celebration

Mainers Unite for Marriage Equality at Pride’s 26th Celebration

By: Chuck Colbert/TRT Reporter– Even before the Pride Parade marchers stepped off from Monument Square at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Portland, the annual event was — if not a marriage made in heaven — then surely a statewide engagement for same-sex civil wedlock. For the hundreds of people who made the trek on Saturday, June […]

25th CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Winning Films Announced

25th CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Winning Films Announced

HARTFORD, Conn. – The nine-day Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival concluded its historic 25th season on Saturday, June 9, with closing night hit Gaby taking the Audience Award for favorite feature film. The film’s director, Jonathan Lisecki, who attended the sold-out screening at the Connecticut Science Center and the after party at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum […]

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