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The man who kept gay groups out of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has died

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The late John Hurley.
According to his daughter, 85-year-old John Hurley "just slipped away." ...

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‘Pastafarian’ gets to wear strainer on head in license photo

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Darrick Fauvel, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license that also bears a photo of her wearing the colander. Miller said she ìabsolutely loves the history and the storyî of pastafarians, who are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles initially forbade Miller to wear the colander in the identification photo. She said the agency reversed the decision and apologized.
Lindsay Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do. ...

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Members of Congress urge passage of transgender rights bill

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
House Speaker Robert DeLeo
In the letter sent Monday evening, Democratic members of Congress urged the state Legislature to pass the bills before going on holiday break next week. ...

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Supporters, critics of transgender bills clash at hearing

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Critics of proposals to extend protections to transgender people in Massachusetts said the state should focus on the privacy rights of children and women. ...

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Life insurance company denies coverage to man taking Truvada

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
A man who takes Truvada was turned down in his attempt to get long-term heath insurance, and now he's planning to sue for discrimination. ...

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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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