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June 19, 2014

Boston has a rich history of celebrating LGBTI women, including those of color and others who are often overlooked

Pride parades will take place all over the US – and indeed all over the world – this month, and Boston’s was this weekend.

Race, unfortunately, continues to be one of the fault lines in many of our Pride festivals across the country. As is gender identity.

June 5, 2014

Says person serving him 'looked at me like I was the loneliest, most pathetic person on the planet'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be rich and famous but he's still a hard-working journalist who was on the job on his 47th birthday this week.

After doing a broadcast from Boston, he did the five-hour drive back to New York City and decided to duck into a McDonald's for a late-night birthday meal.

He ordered a Big Mac meal and 'I super-sized it because it was my birthday,' the CNN anchor told David Letterman Wednesday (4 June).

Then things got a little sad.

May 23, 2014

Irene Monroe looks back to a proud 10 year anniversary in Massachusetts and the quarrel which could have meant same-sex marriage didn’t happen

Marriage equality in Massachusetts hit its 10 year mark on 17 May.

With this 10th anniversary I’m proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible.

But, I didn’t always feel that way.

And my opinions, and those of LGBTI communities of color nationwide, were expressed weekly in my column The Religion Thang, for the now defunct Boston-based LGBTQ paper InNewsweekly.

March 14, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh will also refuse to march in the parade over the decision to ban any 'political' statements

It’s going to be a dry St Patrick’s Day in Boston as a brewery has pulled out over the decision to ban gay veterans from marching openly.

Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams brew, says they have attempted to negotiate but in the ‘current state’ it is no longer possible.

The parade sponsor has said veterans are allowed to march but any mention of being LGBTI would be seen as ‘political’ – which is banned.

This is in despite of, as seen in the picture used, mayoral election signs can be seen in the 2009 parade.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

November 18, 2013

Actor Samuel L Jackson, who has said he would probably never take on an LGBTI role, has revealed that he did not know the character in the Steven King novel Cell that he is about to portray is a gay man

Samuel L Jackson, who has said that he would probably never portray a gay character, may be about to do so without knowing it.

Jackson, 64, has signed on to play the supporting role of Tom McCourt in the horror film adaptation of Steven King’s novel Cell.

McCourt in the novel is a gay middle aged engineer and army veteran who flees Boston after a cell phone transmitted signal causes most people on Earth to turn into bloodthirsty killers.

However apparently nobody told Jackson that.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.

November 12, 2013

Student, 15, with two lesbian moms asks historically LGBTI friendly Apple to remove insulting definition of ‘gay’ from its dictionary

A 15-year-old student with two lesbian moms has asked Apple to stop describing ‘gay’ as ‘foolish, stupid’ is its dictionary.

Becca Gorman in Sudbury, on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusets, US, is sadly used to the insulting phrase ‘that’s so gay’. But she never expected a company like Apple to join in.

The Apple dictionary explains ‘gay’ can mean ‘homosexual’ or lighthearted or carefree.

But it adds a third ‘informal’ definition saying it means ‘foolish, stupid, or unimpressive’.

November 6, 2013

A revolutionary anal condom that simulates condom free sex is being trailed in Boston by the US National Institutes of Health in the hopes of encouraging more people to engage in safer sex

An anal sex specific prototype of a new generation of condoms is being tested by Boston’s Fenway Institute as part of a clinical trial by the US National Institutes of Health.

Origami Condoms have developed a new kind of sexual barriers which simulate condomless sex and their anal condom hopes to be a game changer in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections among gay men.

Insertive condoms for women have been available in the past but the Origami Anal Condom is the first condom designed for use by a passive partner during anal sex.

November 3, 2013

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, but face difficulties separating as Kentucky refuses to recognize their marriage

A lesbian couple in Kentucky are attempting the state's first gay divorce.

 

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Boston, Massachusetts in December 2009, but seperated in September this year. They filed for divorce on 25 October.

 

October 1, 2013

The biggest city in Massachusetts is centrally located, making it easy to visit other New England states

Despite manic warnings from some in the Fox News chattering class, the Christmas season is alive and well in the US.

From Thanksgiving, an American holiday celebrating the secret joy of gluttony, to New Year's Day, the country is awash in all forms of Jesus' birthday celebrations.

October 1, 2013

The biggest city in Massachusetts is centrally located, making it easy to visit other New England states

Despite manic warnings from some in the Fox News chattering class, the Christmas season is alive and well in the US.

From Thanksgiving, an American holiday celebrating the secret joy of gluttony, to New Year's Day, the country is awash in all forms of Jesus' birthday celebrations.

September 23, 2013

'My gay following has kept me alive when no one else came to see me'

At 67, Cher will once again turn back time and hit the road.

The gay icon announced today (23 September) that she will be kicking off her Dressed to Kill tour in March with a concert in Phoenix, Arizona, and will go on to perform in such cities as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and New York City.

The tour announcement comes in conjunction with the release on Tuesday (24 September) of Cher's first new album in 11 years titled Closer to the Truth.

Cher expects to see plenty of her gay fans at the various stops.

September 18, 2013

Outspoken opponent of a boycott does not sign up for national championships

Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won 't be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Associated Press reports that Weir, a two-time Olympian, did not register to try and qualify for the national championship where the US Olympic team will be selected.

The nationals begin on 9 January in Boston and Weir would have had to perform well in them to qualify for a third Olympics. He finished sixth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

August 28, 2013

Irene Monroe offers ways forward for a dialogue about race and sexual orientation

When Sue O’Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper Bay Windows, which I also write for, penned her piece ‘Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think’ a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper’s website but it was also buzzed around town.

July 18, 2013

Members of the Satanic Temple claim to have turned Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ mother into a lesbian in the afterlife after performing a ‘pink mass’ at her gravesite

A group of US Satanists has performed a “pink mass” over the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, which they say they believe has turned her into a lesbian.

The Satanic Temple say a pink mass is a ceremony that can change a person’s sexuality in their afterlife, similar to how Mormons baptize dead people into the Mormon faith after they have died.

July 3, 2013

Boston doctors believe Timothy Ray Brown, the Berlin Patient, was not just a one-off after two more patients are believed to have been 'cured' with cancer treatment

Two men may have been ‘cured’ of HIV in Boston.

The patients, who underwent bone marrow transplants several years ago for cancer, no longer have any detectable levels of HIV in their blood cells.

It is too early to tell whether they are still infected with the virus, so doctors are cautious about saying the two are ‘cured’.

June 9, 2013

Joe Kennedy III joins Jason Collins in the Boston Gay Pride parade

Out NBA center Jason Collins kept a promise he made when he came out of the closet. He marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade.

The 34-year-old athlete walked the route yesterday (8 June) with his roommate from college, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

In his April Sports Illustrated article, Collins described how ashamed he felt about being closeted while Kennedy was participating in the city's 2012 pride parade.

June 3, 2013

Irene Monroe argues why Black Pride is needed to celebrate African LGBT life and address issues often overlooked by the white-dominated gay community

Black Pride reaffirms our identity. And it dances to a different beat.

What started out in Washington DC in 1990 as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to over 35 gatherings nationwide. Similar events now happen elsewhere too – including in the UK where London hosts an award-winning Black Pride celebration.

May 21, 2013

A Puerto Rico gay activist was told on Twitter to be careful at a gay rally as it could end like the Boston Marathon

A man is facing prison after threatening to bomb a Puerto Rico gay pride march on Twitter.

Joseph Morales Serrano was taken into custody at his home in San Juan on charge of cyber-bullying a gay activist on the social networking site.

As reported by the Associated Press, a spokesman for the FBI said Morales allegedly posted the threatening message on 6 May and was expected to appear before a federal judge yesterday (20 May).

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

April 29, 2013

Basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to continue playing professionally in a major US team sport

Basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major US team sport.

The seven foot tall 34-year-old, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, has come out in an article for Sports Illustrated.

He said: ‘I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different."

‘If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.

April 28, 2013

Toronto Triggerfish claim the Polopalooza championship by defeating Atlanta

Polopalooza is the annual LGBT water polo competition hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo club in the world).  The 2013 event has just concluded with the final play-off match completed today, Sunday 28th April.

April 20, 2013

A Twitter account linked to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, reveals homophobic tweets

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the teenage suspect in custody for the Boston marathon bombings, liked to post homophobic jokes on Twitter.

19 year-old Tsarnaev was captured Friday evening (19 April) after he and his older brother were identified as suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon that left 183 people injured and three people dead.

The suspect’s older brother, 26 year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead by police after the two suspects led authorities on a violent chase.