This week read about Boston Pride cancelling its upcoming events forever in Massachusetts, and Ohio's state budget bill allowing medical providers to discriminate against LGBT people.
Boston Pride Dissolves Organization
Weeks after the president of the organization expressed intentions to step down, the leadership behind Boston Pride, one of the nation’s oldest pride organizations, decided to cancel its upcoming events and close its doors for good.
The unexpected dissolution comes after calls for the organization to be more inclusive. In a statement posted to the organization’s website, the board of directors wrote, “We have heard the concerns of the QTBIPOC community and others. We care too much to stand in the way. Therefore, Boston Pride is dissolving.”
Boston Dyke March wrote in its own statement, “Instead of working with community leaders to change leadership without disruption to the organization, they have chosen to close up shop, taking, as they go, resources given to Pride by the community.”
Trans Resistance MA also released a statement, letting the community know they “remain committed to community-driven action that centers and uplifts TQBIPOC leadership and our TQBIPOC community.”
Both organizations are partnering 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 Tucked Inside 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 doctors to insurers, “the freedom to decline to perform, participate in, or pay for any health care service which violates the practitioner’s, institution’s, or payer’s conscience as informed by the moral, ethical, or religious beliefs.”
Republican Sen. Terry Johnson added the language in June, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law last week. DeWine told Fox 9 News, “If there are other things that maybe a doctor has a problem with, it’s worked out. Somebody else does those things. This is not a problem. This has not been a problem in the state of Ohio, and I do not expect it to be a problem.”
Advocates have raised concerns about the broad language in the bill opening the door for LGBT discrimination.
Equality Ohio public policy strategist Dominic Detwiler told the Columbus Dispatch, "They know that they couldn't pass this on its merits as a standalone bill, because literally no one is asking for this to be passed."