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MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s Annual Recommendations; Prioritizing Expansion of Public Accommodation Protections

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s Annual Recommendations; Prioritizing Expansion of Public Accommodation Protections

By: Lauren Walleser/TRT Assistant Editor— The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth released a report in March recommending policy changes for state agencies that serve LGBTQ youth. Since 1992, the Commission has been tasked with making annual policy recommendations to address issues such as harassment, assault, suicide attempts, and homelessness, […]

Pride Season in New England: The Biggest, Boldest & Best to Come

Pride Season in New England: The Biggest, Boldest & Best to Come

By: Lauren Walleser/TRT Assistant Editor— BOSTON, Mass.—After a winter for the record books, Boston and New England residents have begun preparing for a spring and summer filled with outdoor activities, including the many Pride parades and festivals taking place around the state. The season will begin with Northampton Pride (otherwise known as Noho Pride) May […]

Youth Truth Performance Shares Realities & Busts Myths About Growing Up in Foster Care

Youth Truth Performance Shares Realities & Busts Myths About Growing Up in Foster Care

EASTHAMPTON, Mass.—What’s it like to grow up in foster care? What do youth who experience foster care want others to understand about their lives? Come find out! Youth Truth is a live performance of original poetry, music, theater and visual art that busts commonly held myths about foster care and adoption. On Friday, March 13th, from 6 – […]

Study: Increase in HIV for Black Gay Men; Orgs. Work to Combat Infection

Study: Increase in HIV for Black Gay Men; Orgs. Work to Combat Infection

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— In February, The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) released a new study entitled “HIV and the Black Community: Do #Black(GAY)lives Matter?” The report’s release was set to coincide with the 15th anniversary of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held last month. The study was put together in an attempt to […]

Op-Ed: Springfield LGBT Center—Leadership & Service; A Call to Action

Op-Ed: Springfield LGBT Center—Leadership & Service; A Call to Action

By: George Ramirez/ Special to TRT— For those of us who live in the Pioneer Valley, the mainstream discussion surrounding all things “gay,” seems to be centralized in Northampton. To its credit, Northampton, MA has paved the way for many local LGBTQ organizations to develop and thrive. Self-identification through sexual orientation has been easier with […]

AFWM Announces Free Conference for National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

AFWM Announces Free Conference for National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Inc. (AFWM) is excited to announce its fourth annual Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference to be held at Baystate Health’s Chestnut Building on March 14, 2015. The conference is for everyone who cares about women and girls and HIV/AIDS. Women, girls, and all others who want […]

Mass. Same-Sex Couples Share Their Relationships for Valentine’s Day

Mass. Same-Sex Couples Share Their Relationships for Valentine’s Day

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— BOSTON, Mass.—In June 2015 the United States Supreme Court will listen to four different cases that dispute the issue of same-sex marriage in the nation. The decision has the possibility of allowing same-sex marriage to become legal in all 50 states after decades of debate. The Rainbow Times spoke with some New […]

Maura Healey Sworn in as AG; MassEquality Congratulates Her

Maura Healey Sworn in as AG; MassEquality Congratulates Her

BOSTON, Mass.—More than 800 people attended the Attorney General’s inauguration on Wednesday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Maura Healey took the historic oath of office, which made her commonwealth’s 55th Attorney General. Administering the oath of office was Ralph D. Gants, the chief of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The master of ceremonies was Mo Cowan, who served […]