This week, learn about Boston Pride forever canceling its upcoming events in Massachusetts and the Ohio state budget bill allowing caregivers to discriminate against LGBT people.
Boston Pride dissolves the organization
Weeks after the president of the organization expressed his intention to resign, the management of Boston Pride, one of the oldest pride organizations in the country, decided to cancel its upcoming events and close its doors to good.
The unexpected dissolution comes after calls for the organization to be more inclusive. In a press release posted to organization website, the board wrote, “We have heard concerns from the QTBIPOC community and others. We worry too much about getting in the way. As a result, Boston Pride is in the process of being dissolved.
Boston Dyke March wrote in his own statement“Instead of working with community leaders to change leadership without disrupting the organization, they chose to go out of business, taking over the resources donated to Pride by the community over time.
Trans Resistance MA also posted A declaration, letting the community know that they “remain engaged in community action that centers and elevates TQBIPOC leadership and our TQBIPOC community”.
The two organizations are teaming up with other LGBT organizations like Boston Black Pride and the Transgender Emergency Fund to fill the programming gaps left by Boston Pride.
Religious exemption provision hidden in the state budget
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Among the last-minute amendments to Ohio’s two-year budget bill was a provision that allows medical providers, from physicians to insurers, “the freedom to refuse to perform, participate in or pay for any service. health care that violates the practitioner, the institution, or the conscience of the payer based on moral, ethical or religious beliefs.
Republican Senator Terry Johnson added the language in June and Gov. Mike DeWine enacted it last week. DeWine said Fox 9 News, “If there are other things that a doctor might have a problem with, that’s it. Someone else is doing these things. This is not a problem. This hasn’t been a problem in the state of Ohio, and I don’t expect it to be a problem. “
Advocates have expressed concerns over the bill’s broad language that opens the door to LGBT discrimination.
Equality Ohio public policy strategist Dominic Detwiler told the Columbus Expedition, “They know they couldn’t pass this on its merits as a stand-alone bill because literally no one is asking for it to pass.”