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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
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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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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
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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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Lesbian couple gunned down by obsessed U.S. Coast Guard co-worker

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Lisa Trubnikova (left) was killed in Thursday's shooting in Bourne, Mass. Her spouse, Anna Trubnikova, was wounded and was hospitalized in stable condition.
A heavily armed Coast Guard member, allegedly obsessed for years with an attractive former co-worker, a lesbian who married another female co-worker, is charged with fatally wounding the woman and seriously injuring her spouse. [...]

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USA’s first openly gay Attorney General eager to step into new role

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey will become the nation's first openly gay state attorney general when she takes office in January.
Even before taking office, Maura Healey made news by becoming the nation's first openly gay elected attorney general, and says she's glad the barrier has been broken. [...]

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Appeals court overturns ruling granting sex-change for convicted murderer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Michelle Kosilek
Michelle Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is needed to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. [...]

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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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