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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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Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade
The governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday announced his choice for the interim replacement for outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and it’s not the gay former U.S. House member who was publicly lobbying for the position. ...

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Judge suspends ruling on gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Michelle Kosilek (right), and as Robert Kosilek at the time of arrest in 1990.
BOSTON -- A federal judge, who earlier this year ordered that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek be allowed taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery, ruled Tuesday that he would suspend his order until an appeal of his ruling by the administration of Massachusetts ...

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Barney Frank weds partner, becomes first U.S. Congressman to enter into same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 8, 2012
BOSTON -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Saturday wed his partner of five years, James Ready, becoming the first sitting member of the U.S. Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. ...

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Massachusetts Senate OKs transgender rights bill; Governor promises to sign

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
BOSTON -- The Transgender Equal Rights Bill -- which had passed the Massachusetts House on Tuesday night with a 95-58 vote -- cleared the state’s Senate on Wednesday with Senators approving the measure on a voice vote with no ...

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Massachusetts governor knows what it’s like to be different, says ‘It Gets Better’

Monday, August 8, 2011
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has delivered his message to LGBT youth who have bullied and harassed: "I know what it’s like to be different ... You need to know, it gets better." ...

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Massachusetts Governor nominates first gay justice to state’s highest court

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Gov. Deval Patrick (left) and Justice Baraba Lenk
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday tapped Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to be his fourth pick for the state's Supreme Judicial Court, and the court's first openly gay nominee. ...

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Massachusetts Governor signs order to protect transgender state workers

Saturday, February 19, 2011
BOSTON -- In a private ceremony this week, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an executive order prohibiting discrimination of state employees based on gender identity or expression. ...

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