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Mass. Updates Process for Changing Gender Markers on Birth Certificates

Mass. Updates Process for Changing Gender Markers on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modernized the standard and process for changing gender markers on birth certificates.  As a result, proof of surgery is no longer required. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has worked extensively with advocates and policymakers in Massachusetts and throughout New England to implement this vital change. With the revision, […]

Fenway Institute: Among 2015 GLMA Achievement Award Recipients

Fenway Institute: Among 2015 GLMA Achievement Award Recipients

Each year, GLMA honors exemplary individuals and/or organizations for their significant contributions to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals or people living with HIV/AIDS, improving the climate for the LGBT health workforce or contributing to gains made by the LGBT civil rights movement. GLMA honors these individuals and/or organizations with […]

RI Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children in DCYF Care from Discrimination

RI Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children in DCYF Care from Discrimination

Today Governor Raimondo signed a bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Grace Diaz adding non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights, a document given to all youth and posted at all programs serving youth in the care of the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). With this legislation, youth will […]

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

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

By: Sara Brown/TRT Assistant Editor— BOSTON, Mass.—The state Legislature voted in favor of an override to Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of $2 million to support the creation of housing and wraparound supportive services for youth and young adults age 24 and younger who are experiencing homelessness outside the care and custody of a parent or […]

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

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

By: Nicole Lashomb/TRT Editor-in-Chief— Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, LGBT activists agree that there are still more battles to win before LGBT equality is achieved—battles including those of the most disenfranchised, they said. “Though the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was a tremendous victory for […]

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

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

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter— BOSTON, Mass.—The Fenway Institute recently announced the launching of its Engaging Parents Project, a new study that examines the varied experiences of parents of LGBTQ Youth of Color. “LGBTQ YOC [Youth of Color] face racism, particularly at institutional and interpersonal levels, and this makes family support even more important for LGBTQ […]

Study: Public Accommodations Protections Critical to Transgender or Gender Nonconforming People's Health

Study: Public Accommodations Protections Critical to Transgender or Gender Nonconforming People’s Health

According to a recent Study, gender minority people who are transgender or gender nonconforming experience widespread discrimination and health inequities. Since 2012, Massachusetts law has provided legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public education, and business. However, the law does not protect against discrimination based on gender identity […]

Mass. Lags Behind Transgender Protections; Freedom Massachusetts Launches

Mass. Lags Behind Transgender Protections; Freedom Massachusetts Launches

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter— BOSTON, Mass.—Freedom Massachusetts, a bipartisan campaign working to ensure all people are treated fairly and equally under the law, has launched its effort to secure public accommodations protections for transgender BayStaters this year. According to the campaign’s co-chair, Mason Dunn, the campaign is a “coalition of businesses, policy makers, and organizations,” […]