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Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston seeks damages for the couple and any other Wal-Mart employees who weren't offered insurance for their same-sex spouses.
Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. ...

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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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Numbers show how same-sex marriage has fared in Massachusetts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Linda (left) and Gloria Bailey-Davies, both of Orleans, Mass., walk on a beach near their home, in Orleans. As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the future of same-sex marriage, Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, offers a decade-long real world test of what happens when gay couples can legally marry.
As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the future of same-sex marriage, the nine justices could consider the experience in Massachusetts - the state with the longest-running real-world test of what happens when gay couples are allowed to tie the knot. ...

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy: Time to strengthen transgender protections

Thursday, May 7, 2015
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.)
The Massachusetts Democrat says his state is lagging behind 17 other states and Washington, D.C., which have extended public accommodations laws to transgender people. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects transgender inmate’s appeal for sex change surgery

Monday, May 4, 2015
Michelle Kosilek
The court rejected an appeal from a convicted murderer who has been seeking taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery in prison. ...

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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
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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UMass guard Derrick Gordon: Coming out made me a better basketball player

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derrick Gordon
Gordon became the first openly gay player in men's Division I college basketball when he came out last year, and says it changed his life for the better in every way. ...

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EEOC ruling: Walmart discriminated against lesbian employee

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. ...

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