January 24, 2013
President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as president
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another”
Obama referencing the 1969 Stonewall riots against police harassment by patrons the historic New York City gay bar, classing them as a civil rights watershed along with key moments in the struggles for women and blacks.
April 4, 2013
Boston Mayor Tom Menino, the city’s longest serving Mayor, announces he won’t seek a sixth term
The LGBTQ community reacting to the news in a special Bay Windows tribute issue.
MAYOR TOM MENINO’S LGBT LEGACY
“Made LGBT people part of the fabric of the city”
“The most pro-LGBTQ mayor in our nation’s history”
“On the right side of LGBT history for three decades”
“Stalwart champion in MA marriage victory”
April 14, 2013
Boston Marathon Bombing
LGBT community members — out and helping
Adrian Budhu, who was running to raise money for the Theater Offensive, was on Boylston Street when the first of two bombs placed along the route exploded.
The photo by Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki that has immediately become iconic features Boston Police LGBT Liaison Officer Javier Pagan, along with three other officers, reacting to the blast at the Marathon Finish Line. The photo appears on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated. Javier is the third officer to the right. Jarrett Barrios, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, participated in the Boston Marathon as a runner. Barrios was at Mass Ave. and Commonwealth Avenue, about five minutes from finishing when the bombs went off. Barrios immediately began helping and coordinating Red Cross relief efforts.
March 7, 2013
St. Patrick’s Parade inspires candidates and elected officials
Dahill and Forry lead
On Friday, March 2, candidate for State Senate Maureen Dahill issued a statement calling on the Allied War Veteran’s Council, the organizers of the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to allow LGBT groups to march in the March 17 parade. State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry released a statement calling on organizers to change their position. Dorcena Forry is also a candidate for State Senate. Dahill marched in the parade in 2010. Dorcena Forry has never marched in the parade.
Many elected officials, including Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick, boycott the parade until all can participate. Last year, the organizers rejected an application by MassEquality to march in the parade. MassEquality has applied this year but has not been notified of their standing. Members of the LGBT community have marched with groups, elected officials, and candidates, but not as LGBT identified group.
March 28, 2013
DOMA arguments at the US Supreme Court
“There are two kinds of marriage, full marriage and the skim-milk marriage.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg