Popular picks for our best LGBTQ reporting in 2016
By: The Rainbow Times’ Editorial Team—
The year 2016 highlighted progress for Transgender rights in Massachusetts. Transgender public accommodations bill (S2407) was passed in July, capping off a more than 10-year fight for explicit protections under Massachusetts law for transgender people in public places, including parks, restaurants, hospitals, and public restrooms. However, despite collective gains, 2016 was also year riddled with devastation. Most notably, 49 lives were lost and 53 injured when a madman gunned down Latinx and LGBTQ individuals at Pulse Orlando nightclub, which sparked nationwide outrage, vigils and demonstrations of support. As a community, we proved that are indeed #OneOrlando. Locally, a group of cowards took to the streets of Salem, Mass. and detonated one of The Rainbow Times‘ newspaper boxes in a senseless and hateful explosion. However, the community rose together in strength and resilience, sending a message throughout the region that such acts will not be tolerated and we will never be silenced.
As critical non-profit organizations forged ahead, and expanded services specifically addressing concerns and needs of the LGBTQ community, hundreds of anti-LGBTQ laws were proposed and some passed throughout the country. With an impending Trump presidency, discriminatory legislation is on the rise for the LGBTQ community as depicted through the First Amendment Defense Act, which attacks the very premise of equal rights and treatment under the law. With an all-Republican led government, equal rights have never been more in jeopardy. President-elect Trump has promised to sign it. Year 2016 was the year to brace for the storm and 2017 is the year of #theresistance.
The Rainbow Times covered many local and national stories featuring 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 coverage 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. These samples are our picks for our memorable coverage in 2016, also based on feedback and social media shares.
Best of 2016
Guest and TRT Column Picks
Complacency: Disaster for LGBTQ Rights in 2016, Beyond – Mike Givens
Latin Vision: Las Paradas Gay No Son Un Carnaval – Francisco Cartagena Méndez
Op-Ed: How Do We Stop Violence Against LGBTQ People? – Keegan O’Brien
#OneSalem unites after explosion, an introspection – Nicole Lashomb
¿Qué es la HeteroFlexibilidad Masculina? – Francisco Cartagena Méndez
#WeAreOrlando – Tribute to #PulseOrlando – The Rainbow Times
Planned Parenthood League of MA to Provide PrEP at all Facilities – John Paul Stapleton
The Hat Sisters’ Legacy Lives On: Farewell to John Michael Gray – Chris Gilmore
Beauty Beyond the Binary Part 1 – The Rainbow Times’ Special
Beauty Beyond the Binary Part 2 – The Rainbow Times’ Special
Holyoke Supper Club Brings LGBTQ Social Gatherings to Western Mass. Elderly – John Paul Stapleton