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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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The fight for equality: Tactics endure after 10 years of same-sex marriage

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
In this May 17, 2004 file photo, Marcia Hams, left, and her partner, Susan Shepherd, right, take an oath administered by City Clerk D. Margaret Drury, foreground, during the application process for a marriage license just after midnight at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. Hams and Shepherd were the first couple to complete the application process as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, and were wed later that day.
BOSTON -- Supporters and activists routinely ask gay couples to meet with reluctant lawmakers to put a human face on same-sex marriage. They file lawsuits. They use unexpected allies — in some cases, churches — to spread their message.

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After Massachusetts’ first same-sex marriages, ‘joy spread’

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
Irma, left, and her wife, Angela Bauer-Levesque pose on the stairway at Cambridge City Hall in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, May 16, 2014, prior to a renewal of their marriage vows in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and the nation. The women recalled being swept up in the excitement at they passed by city hall in 2004. Officials had decided to being marrying couples at midnight and the two jumped in line. The Cambridge couple said they got their license at 4:20 in the morning.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Newlyweds and couples celebrated Friday along with the lead lawyer in the landmark case behind the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and the nation 10 years ago.

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Mass. governor signs tougher LGBT supportive anti-bullying bill into law

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities.

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Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports.

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U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

| Monday, March 31, 2014
BOSTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston have released 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man who was facing deportation back to his home country where knowledge that he is gay could land him in prison.

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Mass. lawmaker reveals he has HIV, will resign to lead AIDS Action Committee

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Carl Sciortino
BOSTON -- State Rep. Carl Sciortino said Tuesday he is HIV-positive and plans to step down to become the new executive director of The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

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Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities.

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Mass. gubernatorial forum to focus on LGBT issues

| Monday, March 17, 2014
BOSTON -- Candidates for governor in Massachusetts will participate in a forum to discuss issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and progressive policies.

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Mayor skips Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over exclusion of gay vets

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
Martin Walsh
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is skipping the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday because organizers are excluding a group of gay veterans.

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