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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Rep. Kennedy says he’s pushing to protect transgender rights

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BOSTON (AP) | Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy said he’s trying to guard against any effort by the Trump administration to exclude transgender individuals from federal civil rights protections.

Kennedy on Nov. 2 said he led 97 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Alex Azar demanding he reject any consideration of any Department of Health and Human Services policy to redefine “sex” to exclude the transgender community.

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Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state’s electorate

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BOSTON (AP) | Nicole Talbot isn’t quite old enough to vote, but she isn’t shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

It makes her feel safe, Talbot said, which wasn’t always the case for the teenager, an accomplished singer with dreams of a Broadway career. For as long as she can remember, she felt she was a girl — like the time she insisted upon being a princess at a preschool Halloween party — even when the world beyond her mother subjected her to taunts and discrimination.

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Gov. Baker to address national Republican LGBT organization

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BOSTON (AP)| Gov. Charlie Baker is set to address the nation’s largest Republican LGBT organization.

The Massachusetts Republican will deliver the keynote address Oct. 2 at the Log Cabin Republicans Spirit of Lincoln Dinner in Washington.

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LGBT Latinx support offered in Boston

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BOSTON |  Fenway Health is offering a new Spanish support group for Latinx LGBT people, The Rainbow Times reports.

“Many LGBT people in the Latinx community struggle to reconcile their sexual orientation or gender identity with entrenched anti-LGBT cultural and religious stigma,” said Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, a bilingual psychotherapist at Fenway Health, who facilitates the group, according to The Rainbow Times. “Additionally, they must contend with racism and homophobia within our broader society, higher rates of HIV, immigration and asylum issues, and other issues of health and safety. Our group aims to give LGBT Latinx people the tools and support they need to live healthy, authentic, fulfilling lives.”

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US mayors pledge to uphold transgender protections

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ABOVE: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Image from Facebook.

BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across the nation on Sunday endorsed a campaign to uphold transgender protections during a gathering in Boston focused on issues impacting cities.

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Eric Holder to receive 2017 ‘Spirit of Justice’ award

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BOSTON (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has been named the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Justice Award for his work on LGBTQ rights.

The award from Boston-based GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders recognizes Holder’s leadership on a range of civil rights issues, including voting rights, criminal justice reform, examining racial bias in policing, marriage equality and transgender rights.

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Anti-transgender bus sparks protests as it visits US cities

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BOSTON (AP)- Anti-transgender activists are being met with protests as they drive through cities in the northeastern United States in a big, orange bus emblazoned with the words “boys are boys” and “girls are girls.”

The “Free Speech Bus” parked in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Thursday morning, drawing more than two dozen protesters holding signs and chanting, among other things, “No hate. No fear. Trans people are welcome here.”

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Gay veterans: We’ve been denied spot in St. Patrick’s parade

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BOSTON (AP)- Gay veterans who marched in Boston’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade after decades of resistance from organizers say they have been denied a spot in this year’s event.

The veterans group, OutVets, said on their Facebook page that the reason for the denial is unclear, but “one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ.”

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Orlando charities learn from prior mass killings mistakes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – In the days after the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub, other victims of mass shootings reached out to the survivors and their families to ensure that mistakes made with charity efforts after previous attacks were not repeated.

Anita Busch, whose cousin Micayla Medek was killed with 11 others in a Denver-area theater attack in 2012, said those families had to scrape and claw and still wait months for help.

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New Orleans favored to host All-Star game after NBA drops North Carolina

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New York (AP) – A person close to the situation tells The Associated Press that New Orleans has emerged as the favorite to host next year’s NBA All-Star game. The person said the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced.

The league moved the game out of Charlotte on July 21 because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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