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Dykes Flood the Streets of Boston
dyke-march-banner.jpgEvery June, Dyke Marches take place in cities across the United States and internationally. On June 8th, over 1000 (some estimate many as 2000) people flooded the streets of downtown Boston building community, challenging militarism, and grappling with transphobia.
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15 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Boston's Asian Community Raises Awareness of HIV/AIDS among Massachusetts Asian Pacific Islanders
MAP_SAM_Yoon_HIV_Test_Photo.jpgBoston, Mass-- The Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP) organization presented awards to Niem Nay-Kret, Project Director, Southeast Asian Bilingual Advocates, Inc. and Veseth Poy, Senior Case Manager, Lynn Community Health Center for their efforts to address HIV/AIDS in the Massachusetts Cambodian community. Over 90 community members came out to attend MAP’s Rooted in Acceptance reception and awards ceremony that was held on May 17th at the Boston Center for the Arts. The awards are named for Siong-Huat Chua, a Malaysian-born, Boston-based gay activist, writer, and pioneer in bringing visibility to HIV/AIDS among Asians. Mr. Chua died of AIDS in 1994.
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22 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Race
Anarchist Ideals in an Ideal Community: Boston Anarchists Talk on Strategic Resistance
a_in_a180.jpgAnna Marie’s father was an Italian immigrant with anarchistic ideas but who in the 1920s didn’t identify himself openly as an anarchist. He raised his daughter in the rough and demanding environment of a working class family where hierarchical powers were not to be trusted and human relationships were critical for the survival of shrinking societies. Later in the 1940s and 50s, Anna Marie felt naturally attracted to the beat poets and dharma bums, but it was only when she read Emma Goldman that she connected with the “deep desires of anarchist ideals.”
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14 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Organizing : Race
Radical Queer Folks Bring Alternative Message to Marriage Equality Debate on Beacon Hill
DSC00724.jpgOn Thursday, November 9th, Massachusetts’s citizens gathered on Beacon Hill in front of the State House to voice their opinions on same-sex marriage. On one side of the street assembled a large and lively demonstration in favor of equal marriage rights. On the other side, in front of the Boston Common was a smaller counter demonstration. Also attending the protest were a handful of local activists presenting a decidedly more radical queer side to the debate.
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13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing
Equal marriage activists claim victory
CandleVig1772.jpgEqual marriage proponents celebrated victory last night, one day before Massachusetts’ constitutional convention is to decide whether or not to put the issue of same-sex marriage before the voters as a ballot question. The consensus among the press, the activists, and many others is that it will decide not to.

A long line of players in what has become one of the largest and most powerful political groups in the state stood in front of the crowd giving congratulatory speeches and stern warnings. The event was billed as a candlelight vigil but many took the opportunity to celebrate and build up morale for future trials.

Photos courtesy of Mainframe Photographics and are copyrighted
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14 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
United progressive forces send Phelps' bigots packing
021_19A.JPGThe Massachusetts recruiting tour of the “Rev.” Fred Phelps was soundly defeated by a wide range of progressive forces and community members June 4-6.

Phelps, known for leading a vile anti-gay protest at Matthew Shepard’s funeral, didn’t attend any of the events in Massachusetts; instead his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper led the bigoted tour for the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, the Phelp’s church.

The bigots targeted religious institutions and individual schools in Dracut, Lexington and Bedford but were met with rejection by the majority of students, teachers and community members there.

Phelps said he chose the state for the recruiting tour because of its recent legalization of same-sex marriage and other pro-LGBT laws. The Phelps tour was made easier by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s ongoing denunciations of same-sex marriage and other ongoing attacks on the LGBT community.
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07 Jun 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : GLBT/Queer
Transgender Law in Massachusetts and Beyond
How are trans people treated under the law in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.? This is an audio recording of a talk by attorney Cole Thayer at the Harvard Law School from Tuesday, April 26.
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28 Apr 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer
Massive Day of Protest at Boston College in Support of Gay Rights
front of march.jpgOn Friday, April 15, 2005 over 1,000 students, professors and administrators gathered in support of ending discrimination against members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community at Boston College. As student organizers called for a university strike, hundreds of students opted not to attend classes, with dozens of professors expressing their solidarity by canceling their sections.

The official notice of non-discrimination for Boston College does not offer any legal protection from discrimination for members of the GLBT community. In fact the clause is written in a manner to deliberately invoke an exemption from Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws. For over a decade students and faculty have worked to get “sexual orientation” included in the statement, but their requests have repeatedly been rejected by the University.
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15 Apr 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : GLBT/Queer
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