Massachusetts Is an Unlikely Battleground for the Future of Trans Rights, But Here We Are

Whatever I expected from the voters of Massachusetts, it certainly wasn’t this middle-aged man in a tank top, leaning on his half-open screen door and gazing into the middle distance as he delivered a stirring speech about people born with the “soul of the woman.” Actually, he told a pair of animated canvassers right…

Barack Obama Would Be Very Happy If His Healthcare Plan Was Not Repealed

Once upon a time, the United States of America had a dignified President who successfully connected subjects to verbs multiple times a day. Tonight that former—I’m sorry, I need a moment after typing that word—president, Barack Obama, received the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award in Boston. And during his…

Politicians To Skip Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade After LGBTQ Vets Group Excluded

OUTVETS is a group of New England-based LGBTQ veterans who have been around since 2014. They’ve marched in both of the last two South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parades, and expected to do so again this year. However, the organizers of the parade, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, apparently booted them from…

A Mentally Disabled Mother Lost Her Newborn and Fought Until She Got Her Back

People joke that parenthood should come via license, like driving, and that you shouldn’t be allowed to have children unless you pass a test. Lisa Miller’s New York magazine story about one mother in Massachusetts makes that idea—and the parental and disability rights controversies that accompany it—real.

Boston Woman Chases Man She Says Filmed Her: 'Oh, Does This Make You Uncomfortable?' 

This isn’t necessarily something you should try at home, but it is viscerally satisfying: a Boston woman chased down a man she says was filming her “crotch and backside,” as well as the private areas of other women and girls. She followed him down the street with her own cellphone aloft, yelling, “Oh, does this make…