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MassEquality, Others on Mayor Thomas Menino's Passing

MassEquality, Others on Mayor Thomas Menino’s Passing

  BOSTON, Mass.—In response to the passing of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, K.C. Coredini, executive director of MassEquality, issued the following statement: “Mayor Tom Menino was one of the original LGBTQ champions. He wanted his legacy to be inclusion, and he succeeded. The MassEquality family sends its love and gratitude to his wife, Angela, […]

Ruling Appealed in Puerto Rico's Discriminatory Marriage Ban

Ruling Appealed in Puerto Rico’s Discriminatory Marriage Ban

Puerto Rico has many loving, committed couples who need the dignity and respect of marriage as soon as possible, and we won’t stop fighting on their behalf. SAN JUAN, PR—Today, Lambda Legal filed a notice of appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Conde-Vidal v. Garcia-Padilla, after the U. S. District Court for the […]

Op-Ed: With Friends Like Baker & Polito, Who Needs Enemies?

Op-Ed: With Friends Like Baker & Polito, Who Needs Enemies?

By: KC Coredini*— We’ve come a long way on LGBTQ issues in Massachusetts. This year, we’ve celebrated 10 years of marriage equality, and we’ve watched as now two-thirds of the country has followed our lead. We’ve celebrated the passage of a hard-won update to our state’s landmark anti-bullying law, which strengthens protections for LGBTQ youth. […]

Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards Major Grant to HRC & The Fenway Institute

Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards Major Grant to HRC & The Fenway Institute

At the October 25 Annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Dinner, Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish announced that the Elton John AIDS Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to HRC’s Foundation to increase awareness of HIV prevention, treatment and care among LGBT people—with a specific focus on young gay and bisexual men […]

Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

By: Eric Brus*— More than half (52%) of U.S. men who identify as gay or bisexual consider HIV/AIDS to be the most important health issue for their community, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The 35-page report summarizes findings from a nationally representative survey of 431 men identifying as gay […]

Federal Gov. to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in 6 More States

Federal Gov. to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in 6 More States

Same-Sex Marriage Now Recognized in 32 States, Plus District of Columbia WASHINGTON—In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, […]

Lesbian Veteran Will be Buried with Her Late Wife in Idaho Cemetery

Lesbian Veteran Will be Buried with Her Late Wife in Idaho Cemetery

BOISE, Idaho—A 74-year-old Navy veteran who challenged Idaho’s marriage equality ban so she could be buried with her late wife in Idaho’s state-run veterans cemetery will have her wishes respected after Idaho state officials agreed to allow the couple to be interred together. Today, Madelynn “Lee” Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to […]

Federal Judge Hears Marriage Equality Case in Wyoming

Federal Judge Hears Marriage Equality Case in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyoming—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming heard argument in the challenge to the State of Wyoming’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry and to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. Judge Skavdahl said that he will issue his ruling by […]