LGBT

President Trump still hasn't acknowledged LGBT Pride Month

For the second year in a row, President Trump has failed to acknowledge June as LGBT Pride Month. Under Presidents Clinton and Obama, that was a tradition. After the Supreme Court declared marriage equality to be the law of the land in 2016, the White House was lit with the colors of the Pride...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 4:37pm

When is Boston Pride Parade 2018?

June marks LGBT Pride Month, and with it, pride events around the country take place, but when is Boston Pride Parade 2018? June was chosen as Pride Month to honor the Stonewall Riots, a key event in the gay rights movement that happened on June 28, 1969 when police raided a gay bar in Greenwich...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:47am

Despite progress, Mass. LGBT community still faces challenges: Report

Massachusetts has been on the forefront of LGBT acceptance, legalizing same sex marriage 11 years before the country as a whole — but the LGBT community here still faces challenges, a new report shows. Boston Indicator, a research center within the Boston Foundation, released a report with...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:37pm

First same-sex marriages in US were 14 years ago today in Massachusetts

Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts. According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32,469 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004, based on numbers that run...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:34pm

Project takes NYC’s LGBT history out of the closet, and into the spotlight

When the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was designated a National Monument in 2016, it was the first and only historic site out of about 92,000 in the National Park System to be recognized for its connection to the LGBT community. After a police raid of the gay bar in 1969, riots...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 11:28am

NY Federal Appeals Court rules in favor of LGBT workers rights

A Federal Appeals Court in New York ruled on Monday that anti-gay discrimination in the workplace is now considered illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This recent ruling was a major win for the LGBT community, which has routinely come under fire from the Trump administration since he took...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:16pm

PA Democratic Party calls for Rep. Metcalfe's resignation after "random homophobic tirade"

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is calling for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County) to resign from the State Government Committee after going on a “random homophobic tirade” at a meeting Tuesday night. Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery County) reportedly touched Metcalfe...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:51pm

Gay man denied marriage license by Kim Davis will run for her job

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage nationwide in 2015, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis refused to give David Ermold a same-sex marriage license. Her reasoning? It was “God’s authority.” Davis tried to steal away Ermold's rights and run from the law,...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:45pm

New York City Council bans conversion therapy

A bill that prohibits conversion therapy, a practice which aims to turn gay people straight, was passed by the New York City Council on Thursday. Sponsored by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the bill will ban anyone from charging somebody money for a service that intends to change their sexual...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

LGBT rights thrown under the 'religious freedom' bus and Jeff Sessions is driving

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a broad decree which encourages agencies to do as much as possible for people who feel their religious beliefs are being violated. The new Trump administration policy does not name the LGBT community, but many see it as a direct hit against LGBT protections and...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:13pm

Honey! Your guide to when, where and how to watch Will and Grace

Will and Grace (and Jack and Karen) are coming back after more than a decade, and they're ready to Make America Laugh Again (#MALA). LGBTQ issues are more relevant than ever with President Trump in the White House pushing a ban on transgender soldiers in the U.S. military, so really, NBC is...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:54pm

'Will & Grace' (and Jack and Karen) are back!

Nothing is official until it is social media official. Just got married? Not until your Facebook status changes. A Will and Grace 10-episode reunion? Twitter might break after hearing the news. The 16-time Emmy-winning show (nominated for 83, thankyouverymuch!) starring Debra Messing, Eric...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:40pm

Hate crimes up 50 percent in Philly, 24 percent in NY since Trump became president

City streets are getting more and more dangerous for minorities in the Trump era as new research shows a dramatic rise in hate crimes in major U.S. cities like Philadelphia and New York. A report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:44pm

Yas Gawd! RuPaul is bringing DragCon to NYC

Following three years of “massive success of the world’s largest drag culture convention” in Los Angeles, RuPaul’s DragCon is coming to New York City. When is DragCon? RuPaul, also known as RuPaul Andre Charles, and her myriad guests, including past contestants on RuPaul...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:14pm

Trump said he did the military a favor by banning transgender troops

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he did the military a big favor by banning transgender troops, despite the fact he never consulted the Pentagon before making his announcement, leaving thousands of transgender service members’ fates uncertain. “It’s been a very...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:26pm

Coast Guard official says he will not 'turn back' on transgender servicemembers

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard is challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military and is sending a message of support for “out” service members. “I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you and you have made an...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 5:33pm

Viagra costs military 5 times as much as healthcare would for transgender military troops

Citing the “tremendous medical costs” of treating transgender military members, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, but studies show his claim doesn’t really add up. “Our military must be focused on decisive...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:24pm

Cuomo reveals state’s first official monument to LGBTQ community

On the day that tens of thousands marched in or cheered on the 48th annual NYC Pride March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his plans for the state’s first official LGBTQ monument. Artist Anthony Goicolea will create the memorial, which will be located in Hudson River Park. It aims to...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:59am

New York celebrates Pride: Photos

Rainbows, tutus and colorful flags took over Fifth Avenue on Sunday for New York City’s annual Pride March; this year, the LGBT march carried a distinct air of protest in addition to celebration. New York City is home to one of the oldest and largest LGBT pride demonstrations in the world....

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 6:51pm

2017 NYC Pride March route, street closures and where to watch

On Sunday, June 25 millions of people are expected to fill the streets of Manhattan for the 2017 NYC Pride March. This will be the city’s 48th annual march and it is part of the city’s Pride Week Celebration.  If you plan to attend, the 2017 NYC Pride March will begin at 12 p.m....

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 5:26pm