Massachusetts high court sides with DA in spat over ‘straight parade’ arrests

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts’ highest court has sided with Boston’s district attorney in a dispute over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a “straight pride” parade in Boston on Labor Day weekend.

A state Supreme Judicial Court justice ruled Sept. 9 that Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott had “no authority” to force Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office to prosecute a counterprotester arrested at the parade.

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Boston DA asks high court to address ‘straight pride’ parade spat

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ABOVE:District Attorney Rachael Rollins. (Photo from Facebook)

BOSTON (AP) | Boston’s district attorney has asked Massachusetts’ highest court to intervene in a dispute with a lower court judge over the arrest of counterprotesters during a “straight pride” parade in Boston over Labor Day weekend.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins filed an emergency petition Sept. 4 asking the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to compel the lower court to accept her request not to prosecute at least one counterprotester charged with disorderly conduct following Saturday’s parade , which was meant to be a counterpoint to gay pride parades and drew a few hundred participants but hundreds more counterprotesters.

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‘Straight pride’ parade draws marchers, protesters

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BOSTON (AP) | A “straight pride” parade and counter-demonstration went off in Boston Aug. 31 without any major conflicts reported between the two groups.

An organization calling itself Super Happy Fun America announced the parade as Boston celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month earlier this summer, saying it believes straight people are an oppressed majority.

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Group pushing Boston ‘straight pride’ parade sparks backlash

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BOSTON (AP) | An attempt at a “straight pride” parade in Boston has sparked outrage days before the city hosts its gay pride parade.

Efforts by the group calling itself Super Happy Fun America come amid LGBTQ Pride Month, with Boston’s parade scheduled for June 8.

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Massachusetts House approves gay conversion therapy ban

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved legislation that would ban so-called gay conversion therapy for minors.

Supporters of the ban say the practice — which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation — is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations and can lead to depression and suicide in young people.

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Massachusetts lawmakers seek ban on “gay conversion therapy”

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors.

The legislature’s Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities moved two bills March 6 that would make Massachusetts the 16th state to outlaw the practice — which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation.

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Massachusetts moves transgender inmate to women’s prison

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts prisons officials have for the first time moved a transgender inmate from a men’s prison to a women’s prison.

Court filings show that the 54-year-old inmate, who has lived as a woman and received hormone therapy for decades, was transferred in September from MCI-Norfolk to the state women’s prison in Framingham.

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Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.

Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her vinyl records. But in 2010, the Canadian Broadcasting Company produced an audio documentary about her, awakening a wider interest in the pioneering singer. Today her face is painted on a massive 20-story musical mural in Toronto with other influential musicians like Muddy Waters.

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Kevin Spacey is charged with groping a young man

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BOSTON (AP) | Kevin Spacey has been charged with groping the 18-year-old son of a Boston TV anchor in 2016, the first criminal case brought against the Oscar-winning actor since his career collapsed amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations over a year ago.

Spacey, 59, is due in court Jan. 7 on the resort island of Nantucket to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said in a statement Monday. Spacey could get up to five years in prison if convicted.

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Sarah Silverman says she’s ‘done’ using ‘gay’ for laughs

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Comedian Sarah Silverman has turned over a new leaf in her comedy.

TMZ caught Silverman out in Los Angeles and asked if she was “done” saying things that “could be perceived as homophobic.”

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For same-sex couples, a new path to legal parenthood

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BOSTON (AP) | When Sara Watson’s partner got pregnant with their son through in vitro fertilization, they were overjoyed. Then the fear came.

They weren’t married, so Watson had no legal rights as Eli’s parent even though her eggs were used to conceive him with donor sperm. If the worst happened, Watson wondered, would she even be able to bring their baby home from the hospital?

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Teen arrested after Boston gay bars receive threatening calls

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ABOVE: Bar patrons attend a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party at The Alley, one of the Boston gay bars where a 16-year-old made threatening calls. Photo courtesy The Alley’s Facebook page

BOSTON (AP) | A New Hampshire teen has been arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to gay bars in Boston.

Boston Police say the 16-year-old Hampton, New Hampshire resident was arrested by police in New Hampshire Nov. 23.

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