Massachusetts is the 6th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Feb 6, 1788. Its capital and most populous city is Boston.

LGBT Rights in Massachusetts: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage following a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling on Nov. 18, 2003. The law took effect on May 17, 2004. Massachusetts prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodations, and on the basis of gender identity and expression in credit, public and private employment, union practices and housing. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law prohibits adoption discrimination against gays.

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Carl Sciortino

Openly gay congressional candidate jousts with tea party dad in new ad

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
BOSTON — Congressional hopeful and Democratic state Rep. Carl Sciortino is playing up his liberal credentials in new ad featuring a light-hearted back-and-forth with his tea party dad, Carl Sciortino, Sr. [ Read more → ]

New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men. [ Read more → ]

Mass. legislature considers proposed ban on conversion therapy for minors

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
BOSTON -- A proposed measure to ban controversial gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" on minors in received its first public scrutiny in Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon in a session of the state legislature’s Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. [ 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 → ]

Mass. high school awards Prom Queen title to transgender student

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cody Tubman, a high school student in Middleborough, Mass., became her school's first transgender prom queen after being selected by her classmates on Tuesday. [ 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 → ]
Michael SullivanPhoto: Greg Derr, The Patriot Ledger/AP

Mass. Democrats fault GOP’s Senate hopeful on gay marriage stance

Friday, March 8, 2013
BOSTON — Massachusetts Democrats are faulting Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Sullivan on the issue of same-sex marriage even as Sullivan scrambled to say he opposes a federal law that bars benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Mass. performing arts school takes heat for gay biblical play

Friday, March 8, 2013
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — The head of a western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it's offensive to Christians. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Appeals court to hear case on gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Saturday, March 2, 2013
BOSTON — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate. [ Read more → ]

Fox’s O’Reilly fear mongers about Mass. school policy to protect transgender students

Friday, March 1, 2013
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly condemned a new Massachusetts school policy protecting transgender students, suggesting that teachers should be allowed to out their transgender students to their families and fear mongering that “wise guys” might use the policy to infiltrate girls’ restrooms. [ Read more → ]

Mass. Department of Education issues rules in support of transgender pupils

Saturday, February 16, 2013
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. [ Read more → ]
Carl Sciortino

Openly gay Massachusetts lawmaker announces bid for U.S. House

Sunday, February 10, 2013
MEDFORD, Mass. -- An openly gay Massachusetts state lawmaker has announced plans to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives should U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D) be successful in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. [ Read more → ]
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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. [ 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 → ]

BioTech company to offset tax burden for married, same-sex employees

Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Massachusetts-based biotechnology company announced it will join just a few dozen companies in the United States to supplement gay employees for taxes incurred when covering their spouse or partner in the company's health plan -- taxes that are not paid by their straight counterparts. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek (right), and as Robert Kosilek at the time of arrest in 1990.

Judge suspends ruling on gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Thursday, November 22, 2012
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 Governor Deval Patrick. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Openly gay Republican defeated in Massachusetts U.S. House race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SALEM, Mass. -- The contest for the 6th Congressional District race ended with veteran Democratic U.S. Congressman John Tierney defeating openly gay Republican challenger Richard Tisei. [ Read more → ]
Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III wins seat held by retiring congressman Barney Frank

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
BOSTON -- The American first family of Democratic politics is back in national prominence as the 32-year-old grandson of the slain New York Senator Robert Kennedy has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District. [ Read more → ]
Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senate: Elizabeth Warren unseats GOP incumbent Scott Brown

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
BOSTON -- Elizabeth Warren has been declared the winner in the U.S. Senate race from Massachusetts, unseating GOP incumbent Scott Brown, and will become the state's first woman elected to the U.S. Senate [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Report: Romney rejected birth certificates for gay parents; ordered invasive legal reviews

Thursday, October 25, 2012
BOSTON -- In 2003, while Governor of Massachusetts, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who publicly said he opposed child-rearing by gay and lesbian couples, insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Prisoner awarded gender reassignment surgery, attorneys seek legal expenses

Friday, October 5, 2012
NORFOLK, Mass. -- Convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek — who was granted taxpayer-funded gender-reassignment surgery ordered by a federal judge — is demanding $698 in reimbursement for legal expenses for arguing her case from behind bars, and her attorneys are seeking legal fees of in excess of $800,000, according to documents filed this week in U. S. District Court. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Federal judge approves gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
BOSTON -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery to an inmate serving life in prison for murder, "because it is the only way to treat her serious medical need." [ Read more → ]
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