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Devastating Effects of Religious Liberty & Phelps

By: Nicole Lashomb*/TRT Editor-in-Chief— Freedom of Religion has recently been coined the new phrase to justify discrimination again LGBTQ people. Based on this premise, LGBT people and women are being denied needed services. These objections come in many forms. For instance, schools are firing women because they became pregnant while not married, counselors are refusing […]

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St. Patrick’s Day: From One Settler to Another

By: Nicole Lashomb*/Editor-in-Chief— Identity. We all have many. However, to a select few, you can only have one—to be Irish, at least if you are a member of the LGBT community in the streets of South Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. Gay and Irish, that’s fine.  Just make sure you don’t wave a rainbow flag […]

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Celebrating Black History Month

By: Nicole Lashomb*/TRT Editor-in-Chief— This February, we celebrate Black History Month, honoring the many contributions the black community has made to America. Often, it is accompanied by a plethora of facts to enlighten others of such contributions. Students may learn the famous words of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech or study George […]

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Part II: The Salvation Army Fiasco, Clarified

By: Nicole Lashomb/Editor-in-Chief— Many thanks to each of you who participated in our online discussion pertaining to my last editorial regarding Salvation Army and its anti-gay stance, whether by sharing this editorial on your social media network, passing it along to a friend or by taking the time to share your thoughts directly on our […]

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Gays Deserve to Die, Says Salvation Army Rep.

By: Nicole Lashomb, Editor-in-Chief— By the end of 2013, you would think that anti-gay Salvation Army would come to a greater understanding of the LGBT community, even if by a small fraction. Instead, it has doubled down and amped up its hypocritical and bigoted position, even defending part of its doctrine that “gays need to […]

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From the Editor’s Desk: Privilege and the Inconvenient Truth

By: Nicole Lashomb*/Editor-in-Chief— ¡“Buenos Dias! ¿Dormiste bien”?, are two simple phrases frequently used to start my day, my day as a bi-cultural and bilingual white woman with a large Hispanic family that has been immersed into my wedded culture. For more than a decade, Spanish has been the second language spoken in my home, a home […]

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The Backlash of Radical Abortion Law

By: Nicole Lashomb, Editor-in-Chief— Last month, the Texas Republican-led Senate passed its abortion bill. This bill, pegged as the most restrictive abortion bill in the history of the country, would leave approximately 35 percent of the rural and poor population without access to abortion care, according to Terri Burke, the executive director of the American […]

Racism Prevails: No Justice for Trayvon Martin

Racism Prevails: No Justice for Trayvon Martin

By: Nicole Lashomb/Editor-in-Chief— And the verdict is in. Not guilty. As I watch the news coverage on the George Zimmerman trial on CNN, I am disgusted at how racism continues to somehow be justified or excused. Let’s get real. I am fairly confident that if Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old white kid who was armed […]

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DOMA’s Repeal: A Nick on the Tip of the Iceberg

By: Nicole Lashomb, Editor-in-Chief— DOMA. It is about time that heinous act of discrimination was overturned. Like many of you, I was in tears, celebrating with friends and family, that my wife and I and thousands like us, are finally recognized and treated as a family in every sense, as protected not just by Massachusetts […]

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Pride: Is it Still Really Necessary?

By: Nicole Lashomb/TRT Editor-in-Chief— Pride. Is it really still necessary? This type of question has often surfaced during discussions around my dining room table. In liberal states—or commonwealths like Massachusetts—and particularly in cities like Boston, Provincetown and Northampton where the gay community is often found well integrated into society, one may think that Pride isn’t […]

The Rainbow Times, the Terriers and Philanthropy

The Rainbow Times, the Terriers and Philanthropy

By: Nicole Lashomb*/TRT Editor-in-Chief– Over the past several months, The Rainbow Times has begun to focus more on its philanthropic work. Thanks to our advertisers, subscribers, readers, and fans, we’ve been able to do so. Since last month, we are now sponsoring The Terriers, a Beantown Softball League team. We were thrilled that this opportunity […]

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Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner, or so They Say

By: Nicole Lashomb*/Editor-in-Chief– In modern politics where the conservative movement is losing ground as the country moves in favor of supporting LGBT rights, the rhetoric of such Conservatives has become more than manipulative and is consistent of falsely reversed victimization. Somehow, although these anti-equality Conservatives have equal rights under the law and no one attempts […]

Op-ed: St. Paddy’s Day Parade: “Queers Need Not Apply”

Op-ed: St. Paddy’s Day Parade: “Queers Need Not Apply”

By: Keegan O’Brien*/Special to TRT – On St.Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17, 2013, the Allied War Veterans Groups once again prohibited any Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) or peace organizations from participating in Boston’s annual St.Patrick’s Day parade. In 2011, Veterans for Peace was denied the right to march by parade organizers. So, they […]

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Bigotry Lines the Streets of South Boston on St. Patty’s Day

By: Nicole Lashomb*/Editor-in-Chief– Today, I had the privilege of lining up in my first St. Patrick’s Peace Parade, which started one mile behind the traditional parade since we are regularly banned from participating in the “traditional” yearly festivities. Yes, banned, as were all LGBTA groups and veterans. After having decorated our SUV with The Rainbow […]

Experiencia en la Parada de San Patricio: Discrimen en las Calles del Sur de Boston

Experiencia en la Parada de San Patricio: Discrimen en las Calles del Sur de Boston

Por: Gricel M. Ocasio*/Publicadora de TRT– Tanta ha sido la polémica de la parada de San Patricio en Boston que pensamos que era lo correcto y justo el participar como parte de nuestro apoyo y presencia como dueñas del periódico The Rainbow Times. Luego de haber tenido una odisea con el tráfico en Boston para […]

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