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Since the city of Salem, Massachusetts announced plans to terminate a contract with Gordon College, a Christian University with discriminatory policies toward LGBT students and faculty, the city's mayor has been receiving many phone calls from anti-LGBT individuals expressing their disagreement with Salem's recently adopted LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.
Yesterday in Boston at the Fenway Health Center, the South Asian Arts Council presented a panel to discuss the ongoing LGBT conflict in India.
Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, signed a bill that will strengthen the 2010 anti-bullying law protecting LGBT students.
The Boston Beer Company, which owns Sam Adams beer, has issued a statement on its sponsorship of the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. Boston Beer, like other sponsors have been pressured to speak out about the exclusion of LGBT organizations, like the LGBT Veterans for Equality.
Following a meeting at City Hall, the South Boston Allied Veterans Council issued a press release claiming MassEquality's LGBT Veterans of Equality had misrepresented itself, was not a legitimate veterans' group, and was "using a ploy to enter this parade under false pretenses."
The first gay male couple to have their wedding featured in JET Magazine appeared on MSNBC Tuesday night to speak to host Thomas Roberts about the “exhilarating experience.”
New England values do include a lot of tradition. But that tradition comes from deeper values. Family. Community. Respect. Dignity. Freedom. Faith. Marriage strengthens families. Strong families strengthen communities. Strong communities endure. And nobody knows that better than we do.
Rep. Barney Frank on Saturday married his longtime partner Jim Ready, and became the first U.S. congressman to marry somebody of the same-sex. About 300 people, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. John Kerry, attended the ceremony in Newton, Mass.
Rep. Frank told the New York Times “It’s been a privilege to fight for the quality of people’s lives, but I’m ready to put a little more quality into my own life.”
After passing in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature last week, today Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed the historic Transgender Equal Rights Bill. The law will take effect on July 1, 2012, at which time the state's approximately 33,000 transgender residents will have vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law.