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Imperial Crown Prince and Princess Ball, Western Mass.

Imperial Crown Prince and Princess Ball, Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— The Principality of Western Massachusetts’ 3rd Annual Imperial Crown Prince and Princess Ball will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Springfield Sheraton. RuPaul’s Drag Race mega stars Jujubee, Raven and Kayta will headline the event. “We are thrilled to be able to have such amazing talent again appearing at the […]

NoHo Pride Celebrates 34 Years

NoHo Pride Celebrates 34 Years

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— This past Saturday the town of Northampton, Mass. celebrated its 34th annual NoHo Pride parade, a celebration of the LGBT community. The day opened with the march beginning at noon on Hampton Avenue. The 1.1 mile route proceeded to finish on Fair Street on the Three County Fairgrounds, while the festivities […]

Carnival 2015: "Candy Land" Sugars P-Town

Carnival 2015: “Candy Land” Sugars P-Town

CAPE COD, Mass.—Parade? Not so much. What is today one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts and recently named Best Festival on Cape Cod 2013, attracts around 90,000 revelers, bears no resemblance to the first Carnival celebration some thirty-five years ago. “No floats. No banners. We did not even have costumes,” says one of […]

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 […]