27th March 2014
US: Gay politician announces he’s HIV positive and resigns to run HIV charity 9
12:25 PM — A Democratic Party politician in Massachusetts is stepping down from office in order to become the executive director of an HIV organisation in the state.
4th March 2014
Boston Mayor appears hopeful for agreement between St Patrick’s Day organisers and gay veterans
4:53 PM — The Mayor of Boston has continued pushing for a group of gay veterans to be allowed to march in the St Patrick's Day parade in his city, and appeared hopeful that the group would be able to strike a deal with organisers.
10th February 2014
US: Prison officials continue appeal against gender reassignment ruling for trans prisoner 1
4:21 PM — Prison officials in Massachusetts have said they will continue to appeal against a judge's decision to allow gender reassignment surgery to a trans prisoner paid for by the state.
17th January 2014
US: Massachusetts announces it will recognise Utah same-sex marriages
4:33 PM — Amid confusion stemming from the fact that Utah only had a brief window of equal marriage during which 1,300 couples wed, Massachusetts has said it will honour those marriages.
7th December 2013
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
2nd October 2013
US: Anti-gay preacher Scott Lively announces run for Massachusetts governor 37
6:05 PM — Evangelical anti-gay preacher Scott Lively has announced that he will run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014.
5th August 2013
US Senator Elizabeth Warren: I learnt about the gay blood ban through the Boston bombing 4
3:03 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged for America to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood and says she only learnt of the ban in the aftermath of this year's Boston bombing.
2nd August 2013
US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia 9
12:22 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has condemned the Russian Government for presiding over “hateful” legislation.
11th June 2013
Jane Lynch and Lara Embry to divorce 13
4:44 PM — Glee actress Jane Lynch is divorcing her wife of three years, it has been announced.
16th April 2013
Westboro Baptist Church blames same-sex marriage for Boston Marathon bomb attack 89
11:39 AM — The vehemently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bomb attack.
18th March 2013
Massachusetts: Pro-gay play deemed ‘blasphemous’ takes places at school without incident 2
5:54 PM — A controversial high school play has been performed without incident in Massachusetts, although anti-gay protesters turned up to picket outside.
17th March 2013
Ian McKellen to officiate at Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and has performed civil partnership ceremonies 3
7:58 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has announced that he is to officiate at fellow actor Patrick Stewart's wedding, and said that he has officiated at civil partnership ceremonies before.
15th March 2013
US: Massachusetts gay rights group claims it was excluded from St Patrick’s Day parade 2
4:25 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has voiced its anger at being excluded from a local St Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts, however organisers say that they just applied too late.
12th March 2013
US $1.5 million study launched to find out why 75% of lesbians are obese 55
6:03 PM — The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to spend $1.5 million (£1.01 million) on a study to learn why 75% of lesbians are obese and why gay men are not.
7th March 2013
Massachusetts: School faces backlash and accusations of ‘blasphemy’ for staging gay biblical play 16
6:47 PM — The head of a school in the US state of Massachusetts says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections.
27th February 2013
US: College fraternity raises over $16,500 for trans brother’s surgery 5
6:26 PM — A college fraternity in the US has raised over $16,500 to cover the cost of surgery for new member Donnie Collins, who is transgender.
Anti-gay group leader: ‘School administrators allowing gender identity policy are like Nazi concentration camp guards’ 12
5:20 PM — The leader of an anti-gay conservative group in the US state of Massachusetts appeared on a Christian radio show yesterday and said teachers upholding a policy in Massachusetts which aims to protect trans students were like "Nazi concentration camp guards".
21st February 2013
Anti-gay group leader: Study doesn’t prove bullying is worse for LGBT kids, ‘if there is such a thing’ 19
4:43 PM — The leader of an anti-gay conservative group in the US state of Massachusetts has claimed that a recent study on anti-LGBT bullying in schools was "propaganda" and went on to doubt the existence of gay and trans students.
18th February 2013
US: Massachusetts issues rules respecting identity of transgender students 3
8:05 PM — The Massachusetts Department of Education has said that students should be able to use facilities like bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.
30th January 2013
Gay former congressman Barney Frank misses out on temporary US Senate vacancy
7:27 PM — Ex-congressman Barney Frank has been overlooked to serve as the interim US senator for Massachusetts.