Only One Legislative Candidate States Position on MA Public Accommodations Bill

By: Monday July 29, 2013 7:20 pm

Another special electionis on the horizon here in Massachusetts. On September 10, voters in the 16th Worcester Massachusetts House district will decide who will become the next person to represent them in the state legislature. The district encompasses the southern half of the city of Worcester.

The election result will directly affect the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender residents of the district. Whoever is elected will be voting on “An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and All Other Places Open to the Public” (HB 1589/SB 643) which would add “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination in public accommodations.

 

Time for the New York State Senate to Stop Sanctioning Discrimination

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:15 am

On April 30 the New York state Assembly approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) by a vote of 84-46. The bill (S195/A4226) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers in the areas of housing, employment, credit and public accommodations, while expanding New York’s hate crimes law to include crimes against transgender individuals. New Yorkers have been protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003.

Changed Times For Trans People In Argentina

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 12:20 pm

I can’t imagine a corporate business entity in the United States creating this kind of commercial for our National audience — one that gives a positive portrayal of trans people. A commercial in the vein of this Banco Provincial commercial would either help move society to acceptance of trans experience as perhaps ordinary and unremarkable, or reflect that trans experience is widely accepted by broader society as unremarkable.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 9:15 am

In what may be a landmark decision, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, charged with enforcing statutes banning sex (and other) discrimination in employment has ruled that the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to sexual orientation. The case involved a transgender woman.

Gender Identity Bill is a Legislative Priority for Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 1:00 pm

With the start of a new legislative session in Maryland right around the corner, this report from Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland, is welcome news indeed.

Legislation Protecting Gender Identity and Expression Passes in Howard County, Maryland

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 9:45 am

The Council of Howard County, Maryland passed legislation last night that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the areas of housing, law enforcement, public accommodations, financing, employment, and health and social services.

Gov. Patrick Signs Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill into Law

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 4:55 pm

Governor Deval Patrick signed into law today An Act Relative To Gender Identity, “historic legislation to legally protect transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit. The new law, signed at the State House today, also provides additional civil rights and protections from hate crimes.”

Senator Scott Brown on the Transgender Rights Bill: “We’ve Already Done It Here in Massachusetts”

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 12:10 pm

U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has been dodging questions about his stance on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA, S811). ENDA would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. He also mistakenly thinks Massachusetts already took care of this.

FDL Welcomes Nona Willis Aronowitz, Girldrive

By: Sunday August 29, 2010 1:59 pm

What matters to young women? Are we feminists? What do we care about? How are these things different in different areas of the country? These are the issues addressed by 26-year-old Nona Willis Aronowitz and her childhood friend, Emma Bee Bernstein in their new paperback Girldrive. The two authors drove across the country and interviewed 200 young women, along with some of the mothers of their interviewees, and the mothers of Second and Third Wave Feminism.

Movie Night: Prodigal Sons

By: Monday April 26, 2010 5:00 pm

Wow. Wow. Prodigal Sons is a stunning, jaw dropping look at family, adoption, severe trauma, sexual orientation, gender and ultimately what is and how we define our identity. Using her gifts as a filmmaker Kimberley Reed gives us an intimate, evolving story about the nature of identity and the meaning of family.

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