Archive for November 14th, 2011


The proposed Transgender Equal Rights Bill will see a vote this week, according to Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty (D-Chelsea).

After the Judiciary Committee began polling its members on a bill that would include transgender Massachusetts residents in the state’s non-discrimination laws, O’Flaherty said he could see the bill reaching the floor before midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 15 — the start of the Legislature’s seven-week recess.

The redrafted bill includes transgender persons as a “protected class” in the state’s hate crime laws, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in jobs, housing, insurance, mortgage loans, and credit.

“We are going to present [the bill] as an anti-discrimination piece of legislation. It does not deal with what the other 15 states that have similar legislation have to deal with, which is a protracted and sometimes very painful and emotional debate on public accommodations and the like,” O’Flaherty said. “We’re dealing exclusively with ending discrimination relative to transgenders and providing them hate crime protection.”

According to a draft of the bill obtained by the State House News Service, the proposed legislation defines gender identity as “a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.”




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NEW: ‘Drag Race’ Contestants Revealed

Great news kids. In the dramatic lead-up to season four of the amazing RuPaul’s Drag Race, we will slowly be revealing the video of this season’s contestants. Today, we have our very own John Polly getting fresh and close with the new drag ladies in this hilarious video.

Check it out, and get more on everything season four of Drag Race here!



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