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Gay cadets become first same-sex couple to join Boston police force

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Among the 64 recruits who graduated from the Boston Police Academy on Wednesday were two openly gay cadets, believed to be the first openly gay couple to ever graduate from a police academy together. ...

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Boston mayor creates gender‑neutral restrooms at city hall

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Martin Walsh
Boston is among the first cities in New England to institute gender-neutral restrooms in their city halls, says Mayor Martin Walsh. ...

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Historic first: Gay groups march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, hold a banner and flags as they march in the St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Until now, gay rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year.
Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade made history Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups marched after decades of opposition that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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Second gay rights group to march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

Friday, March 13, 2015
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This is the first year that parade organizers have allowed groups representing the gay community to participate in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators to South Boston. ...

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First time in history: Gay veterans to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Bullen, of Westborough, Mass., left, holds an American flag as U.S. Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front right, rolls up an OutVets banner after marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11, 2014.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay groups, voted Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the 2015 parade. ...

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Gay, transgender veterans march for the first time in Boston Veterans Day parade

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
OutVets
BOSTON -- Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed group representing LGBT military veterans, ...

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Gay veterans group to march in Boston parade for the first time

Monday, November 10, 2014
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Boston's annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts ...

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Gay rights group to protest Gordon College ban on ‘homosexual behavior’

Friday, October 3, 2014
Gordon College, Wenham, Mass.
BOSTON -- Gay rights advocates will be rallying during Gordon College's homecoming to call on the college to eliminate its ban against "homosexual behavior." OneGordon, an association of gay alumni, students and staff, will protest on the campus quad Saturday ...

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out ...

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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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