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Gunner Scott, pioneering transgender rights in Massachusetts

Nov. 3, 2011 By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter Gunner Scott, a founding member and executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending gender identity and expression discrimination, has been at the forefront of the transgender rights movement since 1998. In this role, he has truly been a father to […]

TRT Heroes: Corey Yarbrough, the passionate & humble man behind the HBGC

By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter October 4, 2011 Many know Corey because of his talents and how he has moved forward the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, HBGC. As the organization’s Executive Director & Co-Founder, he wears many hats. The 26-year-old leader and co-founder of the HBGC is someone who deeply cares about others, whose vision of […]

Nelson Roman: The Indefatigable Young Man committed to a better Holyoke For “Todos”

June 2, 2011 By: Tynan Power/TRT Reporter Nelson Roman knows personally how important safe space is for LGBT youth-and how just one or two people can make a profound difference. He describes hiding from boys who bullied him and called him “faggot” in middle school gym class, before he was out as gay. “One time, […]

TRT Heroes: Wilfred Labiosa, on uniting and making dreams come true

May 5, 2011 By: Joe Siegel/TRT Reporter Wilfred Labiosa has been an active member of the Boston LGBT community for many years. Labiosa is the founder of Som@s Latinos LGBT Coalition of Massachusetts and Latino Pride of New England and is a member of the Board of Directors of Unid@s – the National LGBT Latino […]

Bryan Couzens: A Businessman who looks beyond the balance sheet

February 3, 2011 By: Tynan Power/TRT Reporter The line-up of projects Bryan Couzens juggles would be enough to overwhelm a lesser man. The owner of Chez Est in Hartford, Couzens has three major projects in the works at the Chez, is starting a separate business and is working with a family member on another one. […]

TRT Heroes: Rhode Island’s Belle Pellegrino, a lesbian with a heart of gold

January 6, 2011 By: Joe Siegel/TRT Reporter Belle Pellegrino has been one of the champions of LGBT equality in Rhode Island for more than three decades. Pellegrino was one of the participants in the state’s first-ever Gay Pride Parade held in 1976. The marchers had to wage a legal battle for the right to publicly […]

TRT Hero: Coco Alinsug and his passion toward others

December 2, 2010 By: Joe Siegel/TRT Reporter Coco Alinsug has served as Executive Director of North Shore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (NAGLY) for 8 years and has been the Recruitment Manager at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health for the past 5 years. He recently took some time to speak to The Rainbow […]

Glenn Koetzner, the TRT Hero behind the lens

November 4, 2010 By: Tynan Power/TRT Reporter Glenn Koetzner doesn’t consider himself a hero-but to the LGBTQ community whose struggle for rights he has documented for years, he certainly is one. “I am an ally by definition, but most often I feel like I’m part of some wondrous family,” Koetzner says, “one large, loving, dysfunctional […]

TRT Heroes: Stephen Hartley aka Miss. Kitty Litter and his commitment to HIV/AIDS

October 22, 2010 By: Joe Siegel/TRT Reporter PROVIDENCE, RI-Stephen Hartley, known to the Rhode Island LGBT community as the flamboyant and irreverent drag queen Miss Kitty Litter, has been raising money for HIV/AIDS for several years. For the past 6 years, Hartley has served as Director of Development for AIDS Care Ocean State. His responsibilities […]

Bobby Rodriguez inspires as LGBT mentor at Baystate Health

Bobby Rodriguez inspires as LGBT mentor at Baystate Health

  By: Gricel Martínez Ocasio*/TRT Publisher– Charismatic, classy, candid and trustworthy. Visael Rodriguez, the Chief Diversity Officer of Baystate Health, is not only a loyal LGBT ally, but a man who speaks avidly about civil rights. His sound support is at times mistaken. People who listen to his words often think he belongs to the […]

TRT Heroes: Robin McHaelen, a survivor passionately turning LGBT youth lives around

TRT Heroes: Robin McHaelen, a survivor passionately turning LGBT youth lives around

By: Joe Siegel/TRT Reporter– Robin McHealen is the founder and Executive Director of True Colors, a Connecticut non-profit organization, which works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to meet the needs of sexual and gender minority youth. According to McHealen, this year the True Colors XVIII Conference brought together over 3,200 […]

TRT HEROES: Pioneering Heroes for a whole town, Polly Bixby and Karen Grzesik

By: Tynan Power/TRT Reporter– Polly Bixby and Karen Grzesik didn’t set out to become pioneers in the Massachusetts schools. When the two gym teachers helped establish one of the state’s first Gay Straight Alliances, they followed the lead of determined students at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School. Yet they brought convictions born of their own […]

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