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GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Mass.—Bennett Klein, Senior Attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) testified today in favor of banning the destructive practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His testimony came at a hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. His testimony can be read here. H97, […]

Bill: Mass. Lawmakers Push for Pay Equity for Women

Bill: Mass. Lawmakers Push for Pay Equity for Women

By: Sara Brown/TRT Assistant Editor— Some lawmakers in Massachusetts are trying to combat the gender wage gap in the state. A bill was filed by Rep. Jay Livingstone and Sen. Patricia Jehlen called An Act to Establish Pay Equity. According to the bill, in Massachusetts, women earn 80 percent of what their male counterparts do. […]

Umbrella Covers All: Groups Give Trans Teens Needed Support

Umbrella Covers All: Groups Give Trans Teens Needed Support

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— Umbrella, a MetroWest group serving LGBTQ teens—particularly those identifying as transgender and gender-nonconforming—offers life-changing support according to one of its alum. “The experiences of transgender youth are extremely different even from LGB youth, and it has been so useful to me to have a specific trans space through the years, both […]

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

GLAD Publishes Toolkit to Assist Transgender People Making Changes Last week, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that updates the state’s birth certificate procedures, enabling transgender people to change their birth certificates to the appropriate gender without having to undergo invasive and sometimes unnecessary surgical requirements. “This is a critically important advance […]

Hartford Public Schools to Train Principals On LGBTQQ Issues in the 2015-2016 School Year

Hartford Public Schools to Train Principals On LGBTQQ Issues in the 2015-2016 School Year

HARTFORD, Conn.—In the 2015-2016 school year, Hartford Public Schools, in collaboration with the LGBTQQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning), will train its principals on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The training will also be provided to central office staff and faculty, and will cover state and federal nondiscrimination protections on the basis […]

Worcester Pride: 1975 to 2015 — 40th Anniversary Celebration

Worcester Pride: 1975 to 2015 — 40th Anniversary Celebration

This year Worcester Pride celebrates the 40th anniversary since the first celebration in 1975! The 1975 celebration was about 7 years since the Stonewall riots and about 5 years after Boston celebrated their first celebration. It was also the same year that “Love Will Keep Us Together” was number one on the charts. Worcester Pride’s […]

Springfield Mass. Pride: Past, Present & Future

Springfield Mass. Pride: Past, Present & Future

By: Nelson Rafael Roman*/Special for the NPG2015— When thinking about the history of PRIDE in Springfield one can directly track it to the rise of LGBT Civil Rights movement in Massachusetts. Coming out of the late 70’s and early 80’s when the “community” in Springfield was tired of being in the closet and of hiding, […]

Sexual Minorities Archives to Relocate from Northampton to Holyoke

Sexual Minorities Archives to Relocate from Northampton to Holyoke

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA), a 40-year-old, national collection of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) literature, history, and art in all media, will begin a move late in 2015 from its longstanding location in Northampton to a larger house in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The SMA collections, open to the public, researchers, and […]