Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday marks the 9th anniversary of the law that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in Massachusetts.
Dozens of local gay and lesbian couples gathered at the Boston Public Garden Thursday to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the law that gave them the right to marry in Massachusetts. The celebration, put on in partnership between Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Respect for Marriage Coalition and Mayor Thomas Menino, ended with a group photo at a location popular for wedding photography. "It's been an extraordinary five years," said Ellen Wade of Newton, who along with her wife, Maureen Brodoff, were one of the plaintiffs in the landmark case they won in 2003 that led to the adoption of marriage equality in the state. "It's been exciting and inspiring, and we're grateful to have played a small part in showing the country …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Five states and the District of Columbia offer a full gamut of rights to gay people, according to The Guardian.
Considering Massachusetts was the first state in the country to allow same sex marriage, you would expect the Commonwealth to be among the leaders of gay rights. In the wake of North Carolina's decision to amend its Constitution to ban same sex unions, The Guardian has created a model looking at gay rights in each state. President Barack Obama announced support for same-sex marriage last Wednesday in an interview with ABC. That came a few days after Vice President Joe Biden made similar comments on NBC's "Meet the Press." According to the graphic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Washington state, Iowa and the District of Columbia, have the most rights afforded to gays. Massachusetts allows: Massachusetts prohibits: …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Ethos Equality Fund will support programs and services for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender elders.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a press release. Ethos, a not-for-profit organization established specifically to help frail elders remain at home for as long as possible, officially launched the Ethos Equality Fund (EEF) on February 17, during a reception at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The Ethos Equality Fund is the Boston area's first fund solely dedicated to supporting the development, implementation, and expansion of programs, services, and activities that will enhance the quality of life for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) elders and their support circles. Dale Mitchell, executive Director of Ethos, said, “Few groups age with more challenges than LGBTs. Less likely to be partnered, more likely to…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Here are resources on coming out, what to say if someone comes out to you and more.
This column was written by Jessica Stahl, Ph.D., Faculty at Mass. School of Professional Psychology, and co-chair of the MSPP Gay-Straight Alliance Happy National Coming Out Day!! National Coming Out Day is celebrated annually on October 11 to remember the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, founded just a few months later by a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders with the goal of promoting a world in which it is safe for LGBT people to be open and honest about their identities. What is coming out? For individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, “coming out” is the term we use to describe the process when one first identifies his or her sexual orientation as something other than …