February 7, 2013
Rosenberg named Senate Majority Leader
Becomes state’s highest ranking out LGBT elected official
Senate President Therese Murray appointed State Sen. Stan Rosenberg to Senate Majority Leader. The appointment makes Rosenberg the highest ranking out LGBT elected official in the Massachusetts state legislature.
February 14, 2013
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition announces a leadership transition
Gunner Scott, a founding member and executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition since 2008, will be leaving MTPC at the end of February to pursue other opportunities. “We are enormously grateful to Gunner for the tremendous work he has done on behalf of transgender youth, adults, our families and the community in Massachusetts. We’re all very sorry to see him go, and we’re also looking forward to building further on our collective vision for this organization and our community,” said Chair Nancy Nangeroni.
February 28, 2013
Boston Frat Raises Money For Transgender Member’s Surgery
Members of a fraternity at Boston’s Emerson College are raising money to help pay for a transgender pledging member’s surgery, Gay Star News reports.
The brothers of Phil Alpha Tau have launched an online campaign for Donnie Collins, a transgender male sophomore at Emerson. The student’s health insurance does not cover his female-to-male top surgery, which will involves the removal of the breasts, and Collins, 17, cannot afford to pay for the op-eration himself.
But members of the frat have pitched in to help Collins as they’ve set up a donation page on IndieGo-go.com.
—Jason St. Amand, EDGE Web Producer/Staff Writer EDGEboston.com
May 2, 2013
Massachusetts + Jason Collins = History
Massachusetts has a pivotal place in LGBT history. It is the birthplace of equal marriage in America, and has been home to pioneering out politicos like Gerry Studds and Barney Frank. When it comes to breakthroughs in gay issues, Massachusetts always manages to muscle its way in to the conversation.
And it did again this week, when news broke that NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story, becoming the first out active male athlete in a major American sport. Collins is a free agent, recently coming off a contract with the Washington Wizards; but he’s a former Celtics player, announced his plans to march in Boston Pride this June, and cited several Massachusetts connections as inspiring his decision to come out.
Among those reasons: Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, Collins’ former roommate at Stanford University.
May 30, 2013
Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP)—After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over.
The Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders—as well as gay-rights groups—plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA’s top officials aren’t ready for that step.
—David Crary & Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
June 13, 2013
Boston Gay Pride celebrations break records
Parade march a first for NBA’s Jason Collins
BOSTON (AP)—NBA veteran center and former Boston Celtic Jason Collins, the first active athlete in one of the four U.S. major professional sports leagues to come out as being gay, marched Saturday for nearly three miles in Boston’s gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, his one-time roommate at Stanford University.
Collins wore a T-shirt that read BeTrue when he joined thousands of marchers in the parade, chatting with well-wishers, greeting other marchers and holding babies as people came up to him to express their support.
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank— the first sitting member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage— who also represented Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District before Kennedy. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seeking the seat once held by John Kerry, who stepped down to become secretary of state, also marched.
June 20, 2013
White House names Rufus Gifford as Ambassador to Denmark
The White House announced the nominations of Rufus Gifford, a former finance official for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Obama for America, and the Democratic National Committee, as the United States Ambassador to Denmark and James Costos, an accomplished businessman and current executive at HBO, as the United States Ambassador to Spain.
Gifford is a Massachusetts native and the son of former former Chair- man Emeritus of Bank of America Chad Gifford and Anne Gifford founder of the book project, “The Shared Heart: Portraits And Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Young People.’’