2015: An LGBT Year to Remember, Our Top Picks

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An LGBT Year in Review

The year 2015 was a monumental year for LGBT rights and engagements. From the historic year for the Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing marriage equality nationally to immersion in the #BlackLivesMatter movement leading to the halting of the Boston Pride Parade locally, Caitlyn Jenner’s debut as a trans woman and the Boys Scouts lifting the ban on gay adults as Scout leaders, it was a year for the history books. The Rainbow Times (TRT), covered many local and national stories highlighting these and many more critical topics. TRT’s reporters proudly covered  these events and more in exclusive and breaking news stories that quickly developed from confidential news tips or releases that turned into exclusive coverage too. Below are some of the reports that were produced in-house, some of which caused us to scramble at the last minute to prevent our server from crashing due to high traffic from our readers. The samples below are our picks for our favorite coverage in 2015.

January 2015

Exclusive: Rosie Cepero Brings Love & Hope from Beyond

Family Equality Council to Host 20th Annual Family Week in 2015

February 2015

Trans-Serving Orgs. Respond to Leelah Alcorn’s Death: Provide Needed Support

Comedian Jennie McNulty to Headline Valentine’s Day show by DykeNight Productions

Break the Chains: Queer POC, Trans & Marginalized Performers, Unite Art with Activism

March 2015

St. Patrick’s Parade: Paying Homage to VFP, Gay Inclusion

A Short List of Potential Advocates for Marriage Equality at High Court

Unity Pride Forms in Boston: Promotes Inclusivity, Celebrates Differences, Unites Through Social Justice

Invisible No More: LGBT Elders of Color Come to the Forefront

Promise Place School’s 1st Annual Fundraiser in Boston, Set to Open School in September ’15

Veterans for Peace Sue City of Boston Over St. Patrick’s Peace Parade Permit

April 2015

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s Recommendations; Prioritizing Expansion of Public Accommodation Protections

Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Will Be the Last

May 2015

NE Orgs. Support Marginalized Sexualities, Relationships, Gender & Racial Identities

Historical: Straight Teen Asks Gay Teen to the Prom

AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run 2015 Marks 30th Anniversary this June

In Charge! Tom Bourdon Gets It Done in Greater Boston

June 2015

Exclusive Release to TRT (Story  Went Viral – 11K Readers Almost crashed TRT’s Server)

#WickedPissed: Activists Halt Boston Pride Parade for 11 minutes

Still #WickedPissed, Boston Pride Mum on Demands

SCOTUS Expected to Decide on Nationwide Marriage Equality, Late in June

Vanity Fair’s Exclusive with Caitlyn Jenner

Pride Season in New England: The Biggest, Boldest & Best to Come

Justice Prevails: On Same-Sex Marriage “The Fight is Over”

July, 2015

Bill: Mass. Lawmakers Push for Pay Equity for Women

AAMC Releases Groundbreaking Medical Guidelines for LBGT Community

Boy Scouts of America, Closer to Ending Ban on Gay Adults

Defense Secretary: We’ll Lift the Transgender Military Ban

Latin Vision: Matrimonio Gay y el Terrorismo Espiritual

August 2015

Mass. Lags Behind Transgender Protections; Freedom Massachusetts Launches

Target: Moving Away from Gender-Based Labeling in Toy Aisles

A Focus on LGBTQ Youth of Color, Engaging Parents Project Seeks Participants

State Votes to Override Gov. Baker’s Veto to Support Homeless Youth

Same-Sex Marriage Not Enough: Refocusing the Fight for LGBT Equality

September 2015

Lawmakers, Leaders Back Equality Act, Offer More Legal Protections

Amnesty International Votes to Decriminalize Sex Work, Protect Sex Workers

Opinion: Donald Trump Shows True Colors

Combating Partner Violence, Focuses on LGBTQ People of Color, TOD@S

Latino LGBTs Face Unique Challenges: Still Some Orgs. Lag in Support

October 2015

Freedom Massachusetts: Public Hearing on Transgender Rights

LGBTQ Students: More Likely to be Sexually Assaulted, Less Likely to Report It

Opinion – The Politics of Prescriptions: When Profits Come Before People, Martin Shkreli

November 2015

Gov. Baker Mandates for More LGBT Enterprise in State Contracts

Understanding the Sexual Orientation of Pansexuality

Black and Pink Celebrates 10: Helping Incarcerated LGBTQs

Trans Community & Allies to Honor Transgender Lives During TDOR 2015

MA Transgender Rights Bill Fails to Come to Vote; Reactions

Opinion – Planned Parenthood Battle Emblematic of a Bigger Struggle for Women’s Rights

December 2015

Breaking TRT Exclusive: Corey Yarbrough Bids Adieu to HBGC

Getting to Zero: The Multi-Faceted Solution to Beating New HIV/AIDS Infections

Trans Writer Brings Danger & Eggs to Amazon, Tackles Issues Facing Youth & Adults

Opinion – Sheen’s HIV Diagnosis Puts Epidemic in the Crosshairs, PrEP

Community Leaders & Supporters Share their New Year’s Resolutions

 

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