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Mt. Holyoke prof’s paper dissects reasons for ban on gender-affirming care in suit over Alabama law
03-11-2024 4:16 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SOUTH HADLEY — A new study by an assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College argues that recent state bans on gender-affirming care for minors identifying as transgender are based on faulty or distorted evidence.The study, appearing in...

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LGBTQ Youth Commission offers 330-page report
05-28-2024 5:03 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Citing escalating attacks against LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts and across the country, a commission released recommendations Tuesday for the Legislature, Gov. Maura Healey and state agencies to bolster child welfare, public health, education,...


South County Senior Center opts not to renew church lease after rift over LGBTQ program
05-10-2024 10:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Senior Center Board of Oversight has opted to not renew the center’s lease to use the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s function hall after a disagreement over the Rainbow Elders program.With the current lease expiring May 31,...


A league of their own: Division Q, a new basketball league created by and for queer players, hopes to grow after successful first season
02-22-2024 1:52 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Every Sunday morning from November to early February, dozens of people rolled up to Easthampton Mountain View school to play basketball.Games started at 10 a.m., but players always showed up early to shoot around and warm up (some sleepier than...


Earth Matters: Queering the outdoors: The Venture Out Project empowers LGBTQIA2S+ people through community and adventure
02-01-2024 3:07 PM

By ALLIE MARTINEAU

Affinity spaces for queer people are essential, to share the things we carry. To meet friends, trade craft and clothing, talk about our lives, how to find doctors and well-sewn binders, how to come out, change a tire, ask for a raise, or cook for a...


A song for the ages: Easthampton Theater Company presents ‘Torch Song,’ an iconic work of queer theater
01-19-2024 11:08 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Ever since the November 2022 elections, politicians in over a dozen Republican-controlled states have seemed to compete with each other in attacking parts of the LGBTQ community: banning or restricting gender-affirming medical care for transgender...


Putting anti-trans rights backlash in context: Profs see opposition as political lightning rod
10-29-2023 1:04 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — Why is it that the number of bills around the nation targeting the LGBTQ community has increased so much over the last few years? And what role does history play in that increase? That’s what Professor Jen Manion and Professor Khary Polk...


Centering trans youth: Boston photographer’s ‘Are you OK?’ project to stop in Northampton next month
09-03-2023 4:25 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — When she was in first grade, Kristal, a transgender girl, was pushed down a rocky hill by a schoolmate while playing basketball, leaving her with a large scar on her back. Another time, a classmate pushed her down in gym class, causing a...


Massachusetts Senate clears “X” gender choice for driver’s licenses
07-28-2023 5:30 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

BOSTON — The Senate moved Thursday to give people the option to select a nonbinary “X” identification on their drivers’ licenses and birth certificates, a choice LGBTQ allies have been advocating for years.The Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to...


Putting women, nonbinary entrepreneurs on the map
06-06-2023 5:11 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

NORTHAMPTON — When meeting new people, Megan Allen has found herself at times on the receiving end of preconceived notions and incorrect assumptions about her intelligence when she indicates that she grew up in Florida.Defying social expectations like...


Easthampton raises Progress Pride flag at event celebrating LGBTQ+ community
05-26-2023 4:19 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Amid a backdrop of frivolity complete with music, a 360-degree photo booth, and rainbow-colored beer cans, the city on Thursday raised the Progress Pride flag in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community as part of its ongoing efforts to be a...


Students alleged online ‘transphobic rhetoric’ by Easthampton superintendent finalist
04-19-2023 2:40 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Just as the School Committee was getting ready to select Erica Faginski-Stark as its new superintendent on the evening of April 10, a member of the high school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club reached out to the mayor’s office with...


Pride to make comeback: After a 3-year hiatus, new group preps for in-person celebration on May 6
04-07-2023 6:00 PM

By Emily Thurlow

NORTHAMPTON — Pride is making a colorful return to the city this May complete with a small festival and parade courtesy of a new organization called Hampshire Pride.Picking up the rainbow-colored baton to lead this year’s festivities is Clay Pearson.A...


Northampton couple has another brush with fame, this time as guests for State of the Union
02-10-2023 5:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Only two months removed from their invitation to the White House, Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith found themselves once again on a train to Washington, D.C. this week, this time to serve as guests for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union...


State’s LGBTQ chamber sets up roots in Easthampton
02-01-2023 5:40 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — With an estimated 21,000 LGBT-owned businesses contributing $49 billion to the state economy each year, a Boston-based nonprofit is looking to ensure that the members of the LGBTQ+ community not only have a seat at the table, but have...


In Northampton, a gay bar that glitters
01-27-2020 11:32 PM

By GRETA JOCHEM

NORTHAMPTON — When Diva’s Nightclub closed in 2016 after a 16-year run, the city was left without a gay venue.But that’s no longer the case. In September, the Majestic Saloon, which opened as a craft beer and wine bar last year, became a “fully popped...


Franklin County Pride celebration this Saturday
06-22-2017 10:56 PM

By SHELBY ASHLINEand AVIVA LUTTRELL

GREENFIELD — With goals of promoting unity and togetherness, volunteers have organized Franklin County Pride, a burgeoning gay pride event to be held downtown on Saturday.The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a march from Greenfield Middle School on...


Northampton Pride Parade defies rain, marches on
05-08-2017 10:55 AM

By MORGAN HUGHES

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the threat of rain, an estimated 30,000 people were out on the streets for the 36th annual Northampton Pride Parade, which kicked off at noon Saturday.Tens of thousands of cheerful and colorfully decorated people lined up around...


Non-binary pronouns a growing part of gender identity
07-31-2016 2:55 PM

By CHRIS LINDAHL

In coming out to dozens of co-workers at a buttoned-up health research office, Aubri Drake had to start from the beginning.“When you’re born, when you pop out, the doctor takes a quick look between your legs and says ‘It’s a boy,’ or ‘It’s a girl,’”...

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