MassEquality PAC News
- MassEquality Voter Guides: Endorsed Candidates and Voting While LGBTQ+
MassEquality has created two new voter guides to help members of the LGBTQ community navigate the voting system and to remind voters of our 2018 endorsed candidates. The MassEquality PAC Endorsements flyer is your reference guide to all of our endorsed LGBTQ champions, and the MassEquality Guide to Voting While LGBTQ+ provides important information about how Massachusetts’ voting laws affect LGBTQ people.
We’ve added images and links to these flyers in the sidebar on this web site that you can click to download these guides (PDF files – Endorsement flyer is 2 pages) so you can take them with you when you go to vote.
Additional candidate endorsements will be announced as the election season continues, and the Endorsements flyer will be updated to reflect new candidate endorsements and the results of the Primaries on September 4th.
- MassEquality PAC Announces 3rd Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements
On August 1, 2018, the MassEquality PAC announced its third round of endorsements for the 2018 Massachusetts legislative races.
First-time candidates for state Senate endorsed by MassEquality PAC in this round include:
- Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester)
- Becca Rausch (Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex)
- Amaad Rivera (Hampden)
“We’re proud to endorse all three of these challengers in their state Senate races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Becca Rausch is a dedicated, progressive community leader, and Jo and Amaad are open and proud members of the LGBTQ community. We know they will be strong champions of LGBTQ rights on Beacon Hill.”
“These incumbent candidates have a long and well-established record of supporting LGBTQ rights,” Ms. Shields added. “We are pleased to endorse them for re-election, and look forward to continuing our work with them in the State House.”
For more information on the candidates and the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please visit our Endorsement Information page.
- MassEquality PAC Announces 2nd Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements
On July 11, 2018, the MassEquality PAC announced its second round of endorsements for the 2018 Massachusetts legislative races.
First-time candidates for state Representative endorsed by MassEquality PAC in this round include:
The PAC also endorses Sue Chalifoux Zephir (Worcester & Middlesex) for state Senate, as it did in the special election for this seat in December.
“All three of these candidates are well known as advocates for LGBTQ rights, with a strong record of supporting equality and fairness for all,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Both Sue and Tanya are challenging incumbents who are well-known for their anti-LGBTQ positions, and Tanya is a proud member of the LGBTQ community. We are pleased to support these candidates in their races.”
MassEquality PAC is also proud to endorse two additional incumbent candidates:
“Our latest endorsed incumbent candidates are deeply committed to the fight for equality and justice,” Ms. Shields added. “We cannot overstate the importance of the work both Maura Healey and Jason Lewis have done to defend LGBTQ rights in Massachusetts. We are honored to endorse them for re-election, and look forward to continue working side by side with them on issues vital to our community.”
- Maura Healey – Massachusetts Attorney General
Maura Healey has served as Massachusetts Attorney General since January, 2015—one of many accomplishments in a long career dedicated to fighting for justice and equality. She is the first openly gay Attorney General in the United States, and proudly leads what she considers to be the “people’s law firm.” Maura’s game-changing contributions at the helm of two prominent divisions of the attorney general’s office — the Business & Labor and Public Protection & Advocacy Bureaus — helped make the office a state and national powerhouse.
- Healey was the architect of the of the Commonwealth’s landmark challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and led the winning argument of the nation’s first lawsuit striking it down. She and her team filed briefs in the Supreme Court marriage equality cases that declared DOMA unconstitutional and overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban.
- Maura and her team were instrumental in securing statewide non-discrimination protections in Massachusetts for transgender people in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes. More recently, her office’s popular #EveryoneWelcome social media campaign raised awareness and support for the law that protects transgender people in the Bay State from discrimination in public spaces.
- She has worked extensively to combat bullying in the Commonwealth’s schools, and to train law enforcement on best practices in preventing hate crimes.
MassEquality is proud to once again endorse Maura in her re-election campaign.
- MassEquality PAC Announces 1st Round of Endorsements in 2018 Races
Today, the MassEquality PAC announced its first round of endorsements for the 2018 legislative races.
First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include:
“Both of these candidates have been effective advocates and supporters of LGBTQ equality in their communities,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “We are confident that they will also be outstanding champions of LGBTQ rights on Beacon Hill.”
MassEquality PAC’s incumbent endorsees include:
- Senator Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
- Senator Jamie Eldridge (Middlesex & Worcester)
- Representative Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex)
“Our endorsed incumbent candidates have a proven track record of consistently supporting legislation that is vital to our community,” Ms. Shields added. “Representative Lewis and Senator Cyr are particularly strong advocates in the Legislature, and Senator Eldridge has a long record of standing with our community. We are proud to endorse these candidates, and we look forward to working with them in the State House to ensure everyone in Massachusetts enjoys equality and justice.”
For more information on the candidates, their platforms and the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please visit www.massequalitypac.org.