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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
7:40 pm
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
11:47 pm
LGBQ Survey: a call for participants

The researchers of this study need more people to fill out their survey. It's about LGBQ individuals' high school experiences. Was your high school anti-gay? Was it supportive?

Go have your voice heard!

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBQexperience
Password: pride

Friday, May 13th, 2011
9:48 am
US, MA: New Study Finds Employment Discrimination against Transgender Residents Costs the State Mill

New Study Finds Employment Discrimination against Transgender Residents of Massachusetts Costs the State Millions Annually
May 11th, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gunner Scott: 1617 778 0519
Kara Suffredini: 1617 878 2300

BOSTON — A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the state millions of dollars each year. These costs are the result of reduced income tax revenue, expenditures on public assistance programs, and other costs related to an increased need for public assistance programs. The added cost to the Commonwealth for public health insurance coverage alone is $3 million annually due to employment discrimination against transgender workers.

“When transgender people experience employment discrimination, not only can that have a substantial negative impact on people’s lives, but it also affects the Commonwealth financially so all Massachusetts residents pay a price,” said study author Jody L. Herman, the Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute. “The legislature is making painful choices as it builds next year’s budget,” said Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality. “This law would not cost the state a dime, but it could bring in millions of revenue and savings each year.”

“Employment discrimination erodes your dignity—and empties your pocketbook. When otherwise qualified people cannot find work solely because of who they are, the state loses money in lost tax revenues and increased expenditures on public programs such as MassHealth,” said Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender
Political Coalition.

In calculating the cost to the Commonwealth, the study estimates that 6,600 Massachusetts residents have lost a job, 12,900 were not hired for a job, and 5,600 were denied a promotion, all due to due to anti-transgender bias. Furthermore, 15 percent of surveyed transgender Massachusetts residents made $10,000 or less in annual household income, whereas only 3 percent of the Massachusetts general population made this amount.

Employment discrimination can lead to lost wages and the need to access public assistance programs to replace lost income and health insurance coverage. This study estimates that the Commonwealth may be losing millions in income tax revenues each year due to employment discrimination. In addition, the Commonwealth is spending nearly $3 million every year in public health insurance coverage for those who have lost jobs due to anti-transgender bias.

View or download the report

See press coverage

About the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition

The Transgender Equal Rights Coalition is working to pass “An Act Relative to Transgender Equal Rights.” (House Bill 502 and Senate Docket Number 536). This law would add gender identity and expression to existing Massachusetts civil rights laws, which currently prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, and marital status in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit. The bill would also add offenses regarding gender identity or expression to the list of offenses that are subject to treatment as hate crimes. The bill defines gender identity and expression as “a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.” This is consistent with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s past decisions, as well as Boston’s 2002 transgender anti-discrimination ordinance. Members of the coalition include MassNOW; ACLU of Massachusetts; Jane Doe, Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; National Association of Social Workers, MA; Mass AFL-CIO; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition; MassEquality; the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
4:03 pm
Fetish Fair Fleamarket™
Fetish Fair Fleamarket™
Westin Hotel
Providence, RI

Only 17 more days left before Fetish Fair Fleamarket #36!

There are still rooms left at the Westin Providence that need to be booked! NELA knows that the Westin is not the cheapest option but as the Host Hotel, the Westin has put their reputation on the line for OUR community.

NELA has tried to keep the attendance cost as low as possible to allow you to be able to stay at the hotel.  So why not share a room with current or new friends and make your FFF experience more affordable.   Consider it a Valentine's Day gift to yourself, your friends, and your community.

Every room of the hotel needs to be booked and paid for.  We all know how wonderful a full-immersion conference experience can be: where you can be yourself, dress how you'd like and be playful with all your kink friends. That’s only possible when we take over the whole hotel.  To continue to make future NELA events possible

Please book now! Call (888) 778-6334 or book online at (https://www.mmxreservations.com/NELA/reservations)

If you have problems booking, please contact NELA right away at fffvendorcoord AT gmail dot com.

If you have made your reservation and your credit card has not been charged please check with the hotel as several credit cards were rejected when the hotel attempted to make a charge and those reservations have been discarded.
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Sunday, January 9th, 2011
1:46 pm
Vote for Pro-LGBT Miss America Contestant!
Vote for Ms. Claire Buffie a contestant for Miss America is the first ever pageant queen to campaign on an LGBT rights platform. Having won the nomination for Miss New York the beauty queen/photographer and activist now vies for the top crown.
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
2:19 pm
free lesbian dating

The girls put a sexy spin on Christmas celebrations

VIsit Kate Grace for free lesbian dating personals
Friday, November 19th, 2010
11:35 pm
I Am a Lesbian Married to a Straight Man
Where do I begin?

Well, I will just start from where I think I had my first inclination.
When I was about 11 years old, I felt an attraction to girls when most of my friends were feeling an attraction to boys...you know 11 year old girls, all about the "boy bands" and pop music...while my friends were into NSYNC, I was more "attracted" I guess you could say to singers like Christina Aguillera.

I never got vocal about my feelings but to one friend of mine whom I have known since I was 4. She said she had felt the same things too, and whereas young people are curious, we were curious together.
read the rest of her story here
also visit kategrace a free lesbian dating community
thanks to  you all and god bless

1:15 pm
Fetish Fair Fleamarket™ #36 News!
It's almost that time again, time for the Fetish Fair Fleamarket in Providence, RI, produced by the New England Leather Alliance and sponsored by The Phoenix-Adult!

The Phoenix-Adult, New England's best personals.

The Housing Bureau is taking reservations at (888) 778-6334.  No hassle, no problems this time around. 
The Westin is currently our only hotel as all events and vending will take place in the Westin. We have the entire hotel and would like to keep it that way but we need you to call and make your reservation now.
If you have problems booking, please contact NELA right away at fffvendorcoord at gmail dot com.

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++ Coming next:  wristband pre-sales, masquerade pre-sales, fashion show pre-sales, confirmed vendors.  Keep checking our website NELAonline.org

**Fetish Fair Fleamarket #36 is a production of NELA: The New England Leather Alliance. NELA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe space in the world for leather/fetish/BDSM people through advocacy, education, and charitable giving.
Monday, August 16th, 2010
3:54 pm
Absolut Opposes "Labeling" Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Minorities With Their Vodka No
Absolut Vodka is introducing limited edition naked bottles that do not feature the Absolut label or logo to mark the launch of its latest campaign In An ABSOLUT World There Are No Labels, an initiative which challenges prejudice against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) minorities.

Absolut wants to challenge labels and prejudice to make the world more diverse, vibrant and respectful. You will only find a discreet and easily removed sticker with the campaign manifesto on the bottle. This will encourage you to discard your labels and look beyond the obvious...

read more at my bisexual dating bisexual stories blog
Monday, July 26th, 2010
12:48 pm
BI Men Network welcomes all bi and gay New England men to join us! Free!

The BI MEN NETWORK - www.bimen.org - welcomes all adult bi guys and gay men to join us free! Now over 1/4 million active adult male members with us - free - worldwide.

Join us now at:


and/or at:


AND enjoy hundreds of free bi and gay erotica sex stories at our BI MEN STORY ROOMS at:


Thank you all! Have a great summer! Stay cool!

Best Wishes,

Bi Men Network
Monday, July 12th, 2010
3:17 pm
We still need you
to volunteer for the Fetish Fair Fleamarket™ #35, just days away on 7/17/2010!  We have open slots and we need your help -- 
The Fleamarket continues for over 16 years now due in large part to the dedicated efforts of NELA volunteers!

The rewards program for volunteering at this Summer Flea is as follows (Load in and Load out shifts are double-credit shifts):
  • 1 shift (2 hours): Free admission to the Summer Flea
  • 2 shifts (4 hours): Free admission and a NELA Associates card for 1 year.
  • 3 shifts (6 hours): Free admission, a NELA Associates card for 1 year and a coveted NELA/FFF Tshirt
  • 4 Shifts (8 hours): Free admission, a NELA Associates card for 1 year, that coveted NELA/FFF Tshirt, admission to the NELA Volunteers Appreciation Party and admission of 1 guest for $15
  • 5 Shifts (10 hours): Free admission, a NELA Associates card for 1 year, a NELA/FFF Tshirt, free admission to the NELA Volunteers Appreciation Party for yourself AND 1 guest, and admission of 2 additional guests for $15 each

Shifts Available:

For exact assignments, as well as job descriptions, please check out the volunteer spreadsheet [both the schedule and the second page of the spreadsheet, which has job descriptions] at http://tinyurl.com/FFF35vols

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Once you've decided what shift(s) you're interested in, email us at: nela.volsched@gmail.com 
Thank you in advance for all your hard work, this event would not happen without YOU!

-- The NELA Volunteer Coordinators FFF #35
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm
sorry for the cross post (if you happen to see this in another community that you belong in)
people speak from privilege and when one can't speak from privlige they are told a distorted thought because it's passive aggressive.

Why do privileged people appear so wise to others? If they were so wise than why do they add into the distorted thoughts of society (society's passive aggressiveness)??
Monday, May 10th, 2010
5:33 pm
Family Guy's Transphobic Mother's Day Episode
Family Guy an animated television series on Fox aired an extremely transphobic episode on Mother's Day. The episode called "Quagmire's Dad" was about a big life change for his father, a recognized Navy war hero veteran. The episode is filled with homophobic and transphobic language and judgment.


Take action by emailing askfox@fox.com and tell them to pull the episode off the air.
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
1:20 pm
TONIGHT Friday, April 23rd: "HEROES"
TONIGHT Friday April 23:

DJ CHRIS EWEN mixes the music - NEW WAVE, RETRO, ELECTRO, PUNK and some Old School Goth + Industrial
and TERRI mixes the cocktails in the Lounge.

Only $7. And it's 18 plus.
Open from 9pm until 2am.

T.T. THE BEAR'S PLACE 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge MA (in Central Square).

THANK YOU for voting "HEROES" as the Boston Phoenix 2010 Best Poll WINNER for Best Dance Night - Retro

! Come on in and celebrate with us tonight !
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
3:57 pm
CNN's Kyra Phillips Questions Whether Homosexuality Needs a "Cure"
In a CNN segment called 'Finding a "cure" for homosexuality?' by anchor Kyra Phillips the network has given the pseudo-scientific topic of "ex-gay" therapy and its proponents a national platform to advocate for their harmful and unsound work.

Monday, December 28th, 2009
12:21 pm
"HEROES" New Year's Eve
Party Favors: Hats, Noisemakers!  Champagne Toast at Midnight! White Trash Buffet (...yum!)!  Party like it's 1989!


DJ CHRIS EWEN mixes the music -  NEW WAVE, RETRO, ELECTRO, PUNK and some Old School Goth + Industrial.
TERRI mixes the cocktails and helps you ring in the New Year in the Lounge.
**This Once A Year Event is 21 PLUS.**

ADVANCE TICKETS are ONLY $15 through TicketWeb.com.
Tickets are a also available at the T.T.'s Box Office (with no service fee!)
[Ticket Sale Times:  6:30pm-1am (on band nights) or 7:30pm-2am (on dance nights)]
10 Brookline Street, Cambridge MA
(in Central Square)
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
6:42 pm
NOH8 photo shoot in Kingston, NJ!

(right click > view image to see bigger!)

A social justice final project of mine, which I organized with a group of
Rutgers students is happening in two weeks!!!! Come help us make a statement in NJ!

Monday, November 9th, 2009
11:28 pm
Looking For Contributions
I apologize if this is not allowed here.

I have published a couple of books and my current one is going to be potentially called "Coming Out" or "Knocking the Closet Door Down". It is going to be made up of various people's coming out stories. Whether gay, lesbian, trans, poly, kinky or even funny ones like Republican (kidding!)

So I need stories. If you are interested in being in the book please email me your story to shampoo150@gmail.com and out "coming out story"

also let me know here if you're interested so I can look for you email.



So sorry, I copy and pasted only half of what I wanted to say. First off, here is a link to my current books. http://stores.lulu.com/shampoo150. I don't want to hear, "self publishing isn't real publishing", there are mixed feelings and I consider it legit because there is an ISBN number and I know plenty of sucsessful authors who self-publish.

Second, regretably because I fund this, I can't give you compensation and so I hope people will contribute for the sheer joy of having their story published. HOWEVER, in order to get the book at it's lowest price I opt to set my revenue to $0.00 so therefore I do not get anything either.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
1:47 pm
At Home Insemination for the LGBT Community
Have you and your partner contemplated having a baby? Have you done research about your options and found nothing that isn't expensive or takes years of waiting? This is a problem that plagues the LGBT community.There is a solution, though. Women have turned to home insemination kits in order to conceive. Home insemination is an affordable solution for the LGBT community and has emerged as a real solution for women who want to conceive.
At Home Insemination vs. IVF and AIArtificial Insemination and IVF treatments are so incredibly costly, and in this economy it makes it very hard for any couple to even consider having a baby. The success rates of AI are anywhere from 5-25%. Did you know that when couples attempt to get pregnant, the at home success rates are almost identical to that percentage?
Why spend thousands of dollars on AI when you can spend significantly less, have the same success rates, and be able to stay in the privacy of your own home?
This is a question women are asking themselves. Is it really worth it to go through the emotionally exhausting and financially draining IVF procedure?
Instead of choosing IVF or AI at a fertility clinic, women are choosing at home insemination. With at home insemination kits, they can have everything they need at their disposal. They are able to inseminate themselves with the same success rate as they would in a doctor's office, and spend less money.
For significantly less cost, women can now have the same technology they would get in a doctor's office. This makes the choice very easy for many women.
Those who are interested in at home insemination can choose The Total Conception. The Total Conception was designed specifically for the LGBT community. The kit provides women with the best technology in order to help them conceive.
For more information, visit kate Grace Lesbian Dating Community
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
1:10 pm
Vote NO on 1 - Protect Maine Equality!
Marriage equality is on the ballot in Maine today and the race will be close, every vote counts. Please get out to the polls and take friends and family with you. It is essential to vote No on question 1 to keep marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

All couples deserve equal rights under the law, the right to the nearly 1,800 benefits that come with marriage equality that helps families file tax returns, visit loved ones in the hospital among other important family decisions. Let's keep Maine values strong and vote to preserve equality for all Mainer's.


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