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Public News Service - MA: LGBTQIA Issues

Transgender people in Massachusetts say now is the time to double-down on state LGBTQ protections, as the Trump administration is moving to repeal them at the federal level. (Freedom For All Americans).

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has been wasting no time when it comes to rolling back protections for the gay community, and Bay State advocates say that is especially true for transgender people. The good news is that there are significant protections in place for gay people in Massachusetts,

While organizers are allowing the LGBTQ group OutVets march in next week's famous St. Patrick's Day Parade, another group still is prohibited from joining the walk. (Veterans For Peace)

BOSTON – It was front-page news this weekend when a gay veterans group was given permission to march in the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade – although another group of veterans still is prohibited from joining the walk. With just days to go until Boston is bathed in green, Pat Scanlon a

Supporters of the transgender community will rally this weekend in Boston ahead of the presidential inauguration to show support for gains made by the LGBTQ community. (Jane Doe, Inc.)

BOSTON – With just one week to go before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, members of the LGBTQ community will be out in force this weekend in Boston for what organizers call the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally. Michelle Tat, an executive committee member with the Massachusetts Tra

Members of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Interfaith Alliance at the Springfield court where a local pastor is charged with crimes against humanity directed at LGBTQ people in Uganda. (Center for Constitutional Rights)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- It's a first-of-its-kind case that has been in federal court for several years. At issue is whether a Springfield pastor can be held responsible for actions that restricted the legal rights of gay people in Uganda. The case against pastor Scott Lively was filed in 2012 by the

Faith and civil rights leaders responded (Thursday) to a lawsuit filed on behalf of four Massachusetts churches that says the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate core beliefs. (AxelBoldt/wikimedia)

BOSTON – Faith and civil rights leaders responded to the lawsuit filed on behalf of four local churches that allege the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate their core beliefs. The law took effect on Oct. 1 and allows, among other things, people to use the bathro

Backers of a new Massachusetts law say restroom choice is only the beginning in the state's efforts to fight discrimination in public accommodations. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

BOSTON - It was dubbed the "bathroom bill," but a measure signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Friday bans discrimination against transgender people in all public accommodations in the Commonwealth. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz said in light of the anti-LGBTQ laws being enacted in other states,

Human-rights activists who attended the Boston vigil for the Orlando shooting victims say it is wrong to single out Muslims. (Chris Flynn)

BOSTON -- Human-rights activists in the Commonwealth are expressing support for President Obama's comments in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. The president condemned Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from the United States. In the wake of Sunday's Orlando nightclub massacre, Obama sa

Naomi Goldberg is co-author of a new report that finds transgender people are vulnerable to many forms of discrimination that make them far more likely to end up in jail and prison. (Jimenez/Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

BOSTON – A new report says it is not just controversial bathroom laws, but a wide range of factors that make transgender people vulnerable to a wide range of harm. Naomi Goldberg, the report’s co-author and research and policy director for the Movement Advancement Project, says that in

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