July 4, 2013
NYC’s gay pride march celebrates Supreme Court win
Edie Windsor, Grand Marshal at Sunday’s NYC Gay Pride Parade. Craig Ruttle, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP)—Only days after the Supreme Court used her lawsuit to grant same-sex couples federal marriage benefits, Edith Windsor helped lead New York City’s Gay Pride march on Sunday. Signs along the route read, “Thank you, Edie’—celebrating Windsor for her successful challenge of a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
AAC and Fenway form partnership
Historic Partnership Will Enhance Programs and Services at Both Organizations
The Boards of Directors at Fenway Health and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) have voted to enter into a strategic partnership designed to better provide care and services for New England’s growing population of people living with HIV/AIDS.
July 11, 2013
Judiciary Committee hears testimony on transgender equal access bill
On Tuesday, The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard public testimony on the Transgender Equal Access.
The bill would add non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public accommodations – effectively all of the places one travels between home, work and school, including public transportation and health care facilities. Current civil rights law already protects transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment, credit and public education, and makes crimes committed against guest blog transgender people subject to treatment as hate crimes.
August 1, 2013
RI has marriage equality
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence and other Rhode Island communities will issue marriage licenses at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, first day that it becomes legal for same-sex couples to marry in the state.
Quincy duo charged with beating man at South Station in homophobic rage
Transit Police report arresting two men on charges they broke another man’s nose and stole his phone during a brutal attack early Saturday.
Colin Hayes, 21, and Derek Ruiz, 28, are scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today on charges of unarmed robbery, aggravated assault and battery and civilrights violations with injuries.
A win for LGBT Bostonians
Gay advocates Walsh and Connolly top ticket
Jeff Ross moves onto council final
State Representative Marty Walsh and City Councillor John Connolly finished in the number one and two spots in Tuesday primary election for Boston Mayor. Both move onto the final election on November 5. The next mayor will replace Tom Menino, recognized as the most pro-gay mayor in the nation.
Both candidates have a proven track record of supporting and advocating for the LGBT community.
October 3, 2013
The Borum marks 20th anniversary with rededication
Health Center serves youth and young adults
The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center will be marking its 20th anniversary on Monday, October 7, 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a rededication ceremony at the center’s new Boston home—75 Kneeland Street, Boston.
The Borum is dedicated to providing the best quality health care for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.
Gay domestic violence survivor charges R.O.S.E. Fund with discrimination
Denied access to facial reconstruction surgery
The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GLBTQ-DVP) and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) have filed briefs with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of a gay male survivor of domestic violence who was denied access to facial reconstruction surgery by The R.O.S.E. Fund. The Commission had previously found that there was probable cause in this case that discrimination had occurred.
The R.O.S.E. Fund established a partnership with leading healthcare institutions to provide free or low-cost reconstructive surgery to survivors of domestic violence.
Through this program, R.O.S.E. refers survivors to institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Tufts Dental School. But they denied a referral to the complainant because he is a man.
John Mitzel, 1948-2013
Nationally renowned bookstore owner and activist John Mitzel died in his sleep on October 4, from complications resulting from cancer treatments. Mitzel owned and operated Calamus Bookstore and managed the now closed Glad Day Bookshop, both in Boston. He was a fixture in the Boston LGBTQ communities for over forty years and is one of the founders of the tradition of queer radical publications.
The fall after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Mitzel attended Boston University and connected with other gay and lesbian students who were active in the early gay rights groups. In an interview posted on Vimeo, Mitzel and the others decided to publish a newspaper in 1971, Lavender Vision. The publication was targeted and produced by both men and women, but the women wanted to publish a newspaper for and by women only. Mitzel and the men responded in kind. Fag Rag, named by Mitzel, hit the streets quarterly starting in 1971 and published for about 10 years
Club Café celebrates 30th Anniversary
Frank Ribaudo and Joe Posa marry!
This weekend past weekend, Club Café marked its 30th anniversary serving the LGBT and Boston community and co-founder and owner Frank Ribaudo married his longtime partner—renown entertainer Joe Posa.
Pride’s Linda DeMarco, Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein honored
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) honored Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride, and marriage equality advocate Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Second Assistant Majorty Leader of the MA House of Representative with Abigail Adams awards on Wednesday night at their annual dinner. The MWPC introduced the Tribute to Abigail Adams in 1988 to recognize outstanding women leaders in Massachusetts who have worked to achieve parity for women. Award recipients are women who have demonstrated through their work and/or their community activism a firm commitment to the realization of equal political, economic, and social rights for women.
Marriage Equality arrives in the Garden State
Booker, left, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65. (AP Photo)
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP)— Gay couples in communities across New Jersey exchanged marriage vows in the first minutes of Monday, taking advantage of a court ruling that compelled the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.
November 7, 2013
Pro-LGBT candidates top the tickets
Boston Pride 2013. (Mike Ritter)
State Rep. Marty Walsh, who won Tuesday’s election to become mayor of Boston, proudly touted his progay civil rights credentials (he was a key force in making marriage equality a reality) in the run up to election day. LGBT activists and elected officials like Arline Isaacson, Rep. Liz Malia, Rep. Sarah Peak were just a few of the community members involved in his campaign. His opponent, Boston City Councilor John Connolly, also had a pro-gay resume and supporters in the community. In the first mayoral race in decades that did not involve Mayor Tom Menino, the each candidate worked hard to tell every voter, not just the gay ones, that he would continue the forward motion of gay icon Menino. Walsh has repeatedly noted that his vote for marriage equality was his “proudest vote”; and he published a robust and detailed LGBT platform on his campaign website.
RI House speaker marries longtime partner
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has married his longtime partner in a private ceremony in his Statehouse office.
The Providence Journal reports that Fox and Marcus LaFond were married Tuesday by Traffic Court Chief Magistrate William Guglietta.
Hawaii makes 15
HONOLULU (AP) — On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie legalized gay marriage, expanding the state’s aloha spirit and positioning the islands for more newlywed tourists.
Abercrombie signed the bill Wednesday morning at an invitation-only ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center, near the tourist heart of Waikiki.
The measure allows thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and even more tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2. Another 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage, while a bill is awaiting the governor’s signature in Illinois.
November 21, 2013
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Getting to the Goodridge Decision
Mary Bonauto and Ellen Warde react to SJC decision on Nov. 18, 2003. Photo by Marilyn Humphries
It was 10 years ago, on November 18, 1993, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in our lawsuit Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that denying same-sex couples access to the institution of marriage violated our state constitution.
“The question before us is whether, consistent with the Massachusetts Constitution, the Commonwealth may deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry. We conclude that it may not,” Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote in the celebrated opinion. “The Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals. It forbids the creation of second-class citizens.”
Gay male domestic violence murder-suicide reported in Portland, Maine
On December 2, 2013 the Portland Herald Press reported the domestic violence homicide of Matthew Rairdon, 22, of Westbrook, Maine. Rairdon was allegedly shot to death early Saturday by Patrick Milliner of South Portland who then turned the .40 caliber Glock pistol on himself. The murder-suicide came shortly after the ending of their romantic relationship. The community mourns the loss of Rairdon, who has been described as living a life dedicated to helping people, a role model, and a person who was open, friendly, and generous.
According to a January 2013 report from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, GLBTQ communities experience domestic violence at rates equal to or greater than the general population over their lifetime.