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Power Players 2015

Boston Spirit’s Top 25 LGBT Power Players of New England for 2015

Welcome to Boston Spirit’s list of the 25 most Powerful Players in the New England LGBT community. How did we choose them? Some names were no brainers—Mary Bonauto, Maura Healey, David Cicilline, Stan Rosenberg. And then there were others, like, […]

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10 Years On: Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

On May 17, 2004, history was made. Massachusetts became the first state in the country to honor legal same-sex marriages. And when one considers the ripple effect that had—catalyzing greater acceptance that permeated everything from pop culture to politics—it is no exaggeration to say that for gay men and women, America changed forever.

And it happened because of “Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health,” the landmark court case argued by GLAD’s Mary Bonauto. Together, seven couples shared their lives with the world in the hopes that they might change it. And a decade later, we revisited each of them to reflect on the case, its impact, how it changed their lives.

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Michelle Kosilek’s Open Letter to the LGBT community

Read our interview with Michelle Kosilek here. 1/22/14 Dear LGBT Family, When David Zimmerman graciously offered to let me write an open letter to accompany the article about our legal battle, it seemed like the concept of re-imagined families would […]

Michelle Kosilek

Michelle Kosilek Speaks to Boston Spirit Magazine

Michelle Kosilek is an unlikely advocate for LGBT equality.

Convicted for murder and spending time in a designated all-male prison, Kosilek is suing for her right to receive gender reassignment surgery, to allow her physical body to match who she has discovered herself to be: a woman. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts refuses to pay for the medical procedure. Most recently, on January 17, 2014, the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals declared in favor of Kosilek’s surgery, stating, “DOC has violated Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment rights.” The state is appealing the verdict.

Jeff Diaz and John Robb, Inseam co-owners

You Better Work: Local, Gay-owned clothing brand launches its cool career collection

For some designers, haute couture is what turns their head. But for John Robb, co-owner of Jamaica Plain-based Inseam, the perfect fit, precise cut, and sharp shape of a well-made garment is what really gets his sewing machine’s motor running.

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Winning Hand: Out manager helps Foxwoods hit the jackpot with LGBT guests

When you work in hospitality, the goal is to make every guest feel special. But as the hotel manager of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Stacy Morataya-Pilkington understands that in an oft-intolerant world, it can be extra important to make LGBT guests feel VIP.

Joe Putignano

Joe Putignano: Acrobat, Author … Addict

Heroin? Contortionist? Model? It’s a dichotomy that’s only likely to play itself out in the most outrageous Lifetime movie specials. So, to hear Putignano’s story is quite inspiring if not fantastical.