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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.

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

Monday, March 17, 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 the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. [ Read more → ]
Martin Walsh

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

Sunday, March 16, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

Sam Adams pulls sponsorship of Boston St. Patrick’s parade for excluding gays

Friday, March 14, 2014
BOSTON -- The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups. [ Read more → ]

Gay veterans give up on efforts to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, March 13, 2014
BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march. [ Read more → ]
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)

Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is not one Irish LGBTQ person in the city of Boston who wouldn’t love to march in their annual parade and celebrate their heritage and their service in the U.S. military... [ Read more → ]

Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers bar gay veterans group

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
BOSTON — Boston's mayor is hoping a deal can still be reached to allow a gay group to march in the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, even after organizers said they were deceived by a gay veterans group and ended negotiations. [ Read more → ]

Deal held up over gays marching in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Monday, March 3, 2014
BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers. [ Read more → ]
Steven Senne, APMembers of the Quaboag Highlanders, of Monson, Mass., blow bagpipes while marching in the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston.

Boston easing two-decade long ban on gay groups in St. Patrick’s Day parade

Saturday, March 1, 2014
BOSTON -- Organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade are easing their two-decade long ban on gay groups by inviting marchers from an organization that seeks to preserve marriage equality for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Boston police adopts guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BOSTON -- Boston police have issued new guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people, a policy that one department official says is to ensure that everyone is treated with "respect and dignity." [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins joins U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Boston gay pride parade

Saturday, June 8, 2013
BOSTON — NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in Boston's gay pride parade on Saturday with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University. [ Read more → ]

Boston police warn of robbers targeting gay men in bars, online hookup sites

Saturday, June 1, 2013
BOSTON -- Police in Boston are alerting the LGBT community of an ongoing investigation of several robberies in the area targeting gay men. [ Read more → ]
John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe / AP

Boston PD early responder, LGBT liaison featured on Sports Illustrated cover

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Soon-to-be iconic images -- taken moments after the second blast on Monday in the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon -- feature three Boston police officers coming to the aid of a fallen runner, one of whom is Boston PD's LGBT community liaison. [ Read more → ]

Westboro Baptist Church blames Boston Marathon bombing on ‘fag marriage’

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and "God hates the World" fundamentalist movement, took to Twitter on Monday evening to blame a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon on the effects of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

LGBT group’s offices at Boston College Law School vandalized with gay slurs

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Rather than honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to civil rights, or the President’s call for LGBT equality during his inaugural address, vandals at Boston College Law School used the three-day weekend to deface the office of an LGBT student group, reports Above The Law. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Menino

Boston mayor backs off Chick-fil-A; ACLU warns politicians to avoid threats

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he won’t back down from his stance against Chick-fil-A and its anti-marriage equality stance, but acknowledged Thursday he cannot prevent the fast-food chain from opening a new franchise across the street from City Hall. [ Read more → ]

Outrage escalates into public relations debacle for anti-gay Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The fallout over remarks made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy last week, stating his opposition to LGBT rights, and in particular same-sex marriage, has turned into a public relations debacle for the Atlanta-based fast food chain. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Menino

Mayor: ‘Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is,’ doesn’t belong in Boston

Friday, July 20, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Thursday vowed to block fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant near the city's "Freedom Trail," a response to comments by the chain's president that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” [ Read more → ]

Hate group speakers draw LGBT protesters at Boston tea party rally

Monday, April 16, 2012
BOSTON -- A Tea Party rally in Boston on Sunday -- featuring guest speakers from two noted anti-gay hate groups -- drew a crowd of counter protesters from LGBT advocacy group Join the Impact Massachusetts and members of the Occupy movement, and led to arrests of at least three people. [ Read more → ]

Oral arguments heard in historic DOMA challenge

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BOSTON — Oral arguments in a landmark legal proceeding challenging the Defense of Marriage Act unfolded Wednesday, marking the first time an appeals court has heard a challenge to the anti-gay federal law. [ Read more → ]

LGBT groups shut out from joining in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Friday, March 16, 2012
BOSTON -- Organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place in South Boston have rejected applications submitted by two LGBT advocacy groups to participate in Sunday’s parade. [ Read more → ]

University students block Chick-fil-A from student center over anti-gay donations

Friday, March 2, 2012
BOSTON -- Students at Northeastern University have blocked fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant on its Boston campus, citing the chains financial support of anti-gay rights organizations. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts study finds alarming trend in homelessness among LGBTQ youth

Saturday, July 23, 2011
In a study published online Thursday by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston's Children's Hospital, researchers found that that 25 percent of gay and lesbian public high school students in Massachusetts were homeless. [ Read more → ]

Boston Red Sox: ‘It’s OK to be your own unique being’

Sunday, July 3, 2011
The Boston Red Sox on Friday joined the “It Gets Better Project” and “The Trevor Project” in producing a video to inspire hope for young people who may be struggling adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]

Church holds sidewalk prayer service to protest cancellation of gay pride mass

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Parishioners of a Boston church on Sunday gathered on the sidewalk for a prayer service in protest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston's decision to cancel a gay pride Mass themed “All are Welcome." [ Read more → ]

Catholic Archdiocese orders cancellation of Mass commemorating Boston Pride

Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has ordered a local church to cancel a Mass scheduled for next weekend themed “All are Welcome,” caving to criticism that the church was sanctioning a celebration of LGBT Pride month. [ Read more → ]
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