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Transgender Discrimination

The State of Transgender Rights: Legislation, Empowerment and Equality

By: Nicole Lashomb/Editor-in-Chief— Despite heightened transgender awareness in the U.S., largely due to reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s emergence, the reality of transgender rights and struggles are daunting as violence and discrimination continues to surge, according to local and national officials. “Nationally, 2015 was one the most horrific years for anti-trans violence, with numerous trans people […]

CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor— In November, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report highlighting a significant increase in sexually transmitted infections, STIs, across the country. The nearly 200-page report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2014, found that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea had increased for the first time since […]

The Welcoming Committee's New Project Supports Inclusivity, Respect for LGBTQs

The Welcoming Committee’s New Project Supports Inclusivity, Respect for LGBTQs

By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor— While living in Philadelphia, Joshua Durando felt a bit restless and decided to mix up his social life. Having volunteered to blog about a Guerilla Queer Bar (GQB) event for PhillyGayCalendar.com, he went with a few friends and said he enjoyed himself. The premise of GQB gatherings was simple: on […]

Biz Corner: Devereux Foster Care Seeks LGBTQ Parents

Biz Corner: Devereux Foster Care Seeks LGBTQ Parents

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter— PITTSFIELD, Mass.—In 2014, there were more than 400,000 youth in the foster care system, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). Currently, organizations such as Devereux Foster Care are combating this statistic locally as it seeks homes for hundreds of children and youth in Massachusetts and […]

Cupid’s Corner: LGBTQ Couples Share the Secrets to Loving Relationships

Cupid’s Corner: LGBTQ Couples Share the Secrets to Loving Relationships

By: Alex Gentile/TRT Reporter— As Valentine’s Day approaches, The Rainbow Times reminds readers that love is in the air. Nelson Roman and his partner Manny Hernandez; John Trobaugh and his husband Jeroan Allison; Mason Dunn and his wife Lauren Willford; Andi Wheeler and her fiancée Meredith Munn; and Paul Fahey and his partner Benny Chan shared […]

OUT MetroWest Receives $20,000 Grant from Middlesex Foundation

OUT MetroWest Receives $20,000 Grant from Middlesex Foundation

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter— FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—OUT MetroWest, an organization dedicated to supporting the health and emotional well-being of GLBTQ teens in Boston MetroWest, was recently awarded $20,000 by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation to assist with its expanding programs and staff. “We are honored to receive this investment in our growing program,” said Jack Lewis, […]

Mass. Senate Passes Pay Equity Bill, State Treasurer Goldberg Support, Other Reactions

Mass. Senate Passes Pay Equity Bill, State Treasurer Goldberg Support, Other Reactions

BOSTON, Mass.—The Massachusetts State Senate voted unanimously to pass the Pay Equity Bill (S. 2107), An Act to Establish Pay Equity. The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. According to NARAL, this bill will: create a definition of comparable work; prevent employers from firing a person for disclosing their salary, and; prevent […]

Gov. Baker’s Absent Leadership on Transgender Rights Continues

Gov. Baker’s Absent Leadership on Transgender Rights Continues

Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, Revolution and Patriots Join other Private Sector Leaders in Standing with MassDems on Major Civil Rights Legislation BOSTON, Mass.—Despite his hometown, former employer and favorite sports teams joining the ranks of those supporting legislators’ push for the Transgender Public Accommodations bill, Republican Gov. Baker continues to lead from behind—unwilling to fully […]