IDENTITY

Ella Briggs, now 11, will never forget the day she got sent to the “naughty chair” in kindergarten for putting pants on her gingerbread person.

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
Photo Phiend / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/photophiend

Two bills before Connecticut lawmakers would require schools to teach African-American, as well as Puerto Rican and Latino history.

A couple of weeks before her planned surgery in July 2018, Mariel Addis scanned her company’s new short-term disability policy. Addis, a 53-year-old transgender woman, expected to be out of work for three to four weeks following male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. The Florence, Massachusetts, resident assumed her disability insurance would kick in after seven days of sick leave, as it would for other surgeries.

Then her eyes landed on a list of exclusions. Addis’ procedure was considered elective and would not be covered.

Methodist Pastor Becca Girrell.
Courtesy of Becca Girrell

Leaders of the United Methodist Church voted this week to uphold restrictions prohibiting gay clergy and same sex weddings.

Reclaiming The American Flag

Oct 12, 2018
Bruce Watson in his Montague Center attic.
Paul Franz / The Greenfield Recorder / recorder.com

Shortly after the Fourth of July, I began flying the American flag from my front porch. Ever since, a 3-by-5 foot flag has waved on my street in Montague, Massachusetts. 

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