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Three-Strikes Bill Passes Mass. House & Senate Despite Objection

Three-Strikes Bill Passes Mass. House & Senate Despite Objection

By: Jason Lydon*/TRT Columnist– Despite a multi-faith, multi-racial, cross-community effort, the fight to stop the three-strikes bill in the Massachusetts legislature failed. In November, both the House and Senate passed a version of the three-strikes bill; the Senate unanimously and the House 142-12, with all House members of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus in […]

Northampton, Mass. Fourth Annual Miss Trans New England Pageant

Northampton, Mass. Fourth Annual Miss Trans New England Pageant

Transgender Woman Vie for Crown; Lucky Belcamino, Founder of East Coast Biker Chicks to Host NORTHAMPTON, Mass — On September 1st, 2012 the Northampton Center for the Arts will host the fourth annual Miss Trans New England Pageant from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Produced by Christa Hilfers the pageant allows transgender women to compete […]

Taste of Provincetown: An interview with Sage Inn and Lounge Chef Lucio Garnica

Taste of Provincetown: An interview with Sage Inn and Lounge Chef Lucio Garnica

Courtesy of MassEquality– Chef Lucio Garnica, most recently of Wequassett Resort in Chatham, will be showing off his gourmet creations at this year’s Taste of Provincetown August 25. Not only that but Chef Garnica will be taking part in the cooking challenge—which will be refereed by Sweet Cheeks chef/owner Tiffani Faison. Frank Vasello of Relish, […]

Out of Town: Yellowstone, Cody, Bozeman, and Jackson Hole

Out of Town: Yellowstone, Cody, Bozeman, and Jackson Hole

By: Andrew Collins*/Special for TRT– Yellowstone, Cody, Bozeman, and Jackson Hole Established as America’s first national park in 1872, Yellowstone has bewitched human visitors for more than 11,000 years with its otherworldly landscape of geothermal features, coniferous forest, and high-altitude lakes and rivers. It’s one of the most visited places in North America, and this […]

Ask Lambda Legal – Arizona’s Immigration Law

Ask Lambda Legal – Arizona’s Immigration Law

By: Iván Madrigal-Espinoza/LambdaLegal, Special for TRT– Q: Some of my gay friends have expressed some insensitivity towards immigration issues—especially with the news about Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070.  What can I say to them that might make them reconsider their view? A: Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, known as SB 1070, was passed in April 2010 and, […]

TOD@S Shines Spotlight on Domestic Violence in Black/Hispanic Communities

TOD@S Shines Spotlight on Domestic Violence in Black/Hispanic Communities

Prevention and intervention project surveys community needs, increases access to services and resources Boston, MA (July 2012) – When we hear the words “domestic violence” or “partner abuse,” we rarely think of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals. Media and society would have us believe that people in LGBTQ communities don’t experience the devastating […]

Pregúntale a Lambda Legal – La Ley Sobre Inmigración de Arizona

Pregúntale a Lambda Legal – La Ley Sobre Inmigración de Arizona

Por: Iván Espinoza-Madrigal/Abogado de Lambda Legal– P: Algunos de mis amigos gay han mostrado una falta  de sensibilidad hacia asuntos de inmigración—especialmente con las noticias de la ley anti inmigrante de Arizona, SB 1070. ¿Qué puedo decirles a ellos para tal vez cambiarles el  punto de vista? R: La ley anti-inmigrante de Arizona, conocida como […]

Re-examining The Violence Against Women Act: Does It Help or Hinder?

Re-examining The Violence Against Women Act: Does It Help or Hinder?

By: Jason Lydon*/TRT Columnist– The majority of the GLBT press is currently heralding the Violence Against Women Act as an essential piece of legislation for our community and even patting Senator Scott Brown on the back for his support, but I want us to look a bit more closely. Firstly, it must be abundantly clear […]

LifeSkills Empowers Transgender Women, Galvanizes LGBTQ Community

LifeSkills Empowers Transgender Women, Galvanizes LGBTQ Community

By: Brook Rosini/Special to The Rainbow Times– The LifeSkills Project, a program for and by transgender women at the Fenway Institute, is making the news and recruiting new participants too. The Rainbow Times, TRT, interviewed its Senior Research Associate, Emilia Dunham. Dunham, who besides being a crucial member of LifeSkills, is also active in other […]

Massachusetts Asks U.S. Supreme Court for DOMA Review

Massachusetts Asks U.S. Supreme Court for DOMA Review

By: Chuck Colbert/TRT Reporter– Everybody knows this one is headed for the nation’s highest court. And in yet another legal step, expected to expedite the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of the Defense of Marriage Act, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the Court to uphold the decision by 1stCircuit U.S. Court of Appeal striking down […]

Cancer-Stricken Soldier Will Call on Dems to Embrace Marriage Equality

Cancer-Stricken Soldier Will Call on Dems to Embrace Marriage Equality

Minneapolis, Minn. – Continuing its leadership in urging Democrats to take a stand on the freedom to marry in its party platform this election, Freedom to Marry National Director Marc Solomon will testify before the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee July 27-28 in Minneapolis, along with Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National […]

Book Marks: Spreadeagle, Tea Leaves, Point of Knives, Cobra Killer

Book Marks: Spreadeagle, Tea Leaves, Point of Knives, Cobra Killer

By: Richard Labonte*/Special for TRT– Spreadeagle , by Kevin Killian. The Fellow Travelers Series/Publication Studio, 590 pages, $16 paper, $10 e-book. It was two decades in the writing, Killian has said about this pop culture-peppered novel, yet the Feb. 11 death of Whitney Houston is referenced. Score one point for on-demand, one-book-at-a-time publishing – the book’s […]

Creep of the Week: Florida’s Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Bashing Black Lesbians

Creep of the Week: Florida’s Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Bashing Black Lesbians

By: D’Anne Witkowski*/Special for TRT– Hey, did you know that Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll does stand-up comedy? Here’s a snippet from her act: Q: How many black lesbians does it take to change a light bulb? A: I don’t know, but no doubt they’ll all be ugly bulldaggers. I know you’re probably thinking, “That […]

Eva Simons: Pop Star Talks Gay Influences, Doing NYC Pride, More

Eva Simons: Pop Star Talks Gay Influences, Doing NYC Pride, More

By: Chris Azzopardi*/Special for TRT– It’s hard to talk about Eva Simons without mentioning her hair. That towering mohawk is as big as her voice, which guests on will.i.am’s single “This Is Love.” With Simons’ debut due this fall, the Dutch up-and-comer chatted about her recent Pride gig, how gay people influence her and the […]

Episcopalians Okay Same-Sex Blessing, Trans Inclusion, Local Angle

Episcopalians Okay Same-Sex Blessing, Trans Inclusion, Local Angle

State Representative Byron elected vice president of church legislative body By: Chuck Colbert /TRT Reporter– It’s a new day for the Episcopal Church, as clergy and leaders prepare to welcome an official blessing for same-sex couples and affirm full participation by transgender people. Meeting in its triennial gathering last week in Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church […]

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