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MassEquality Seeks Political Manager

Could you, or someone you know, be MassEquality’s next Political Manager?

MassEquality is seeking an experienced Political Manager to deliver legislative, electoral and policy victories to ensure Massachusetts’ continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBTQ community. For more information and application instructions, go to http://www.massequality.org/content/political-manager


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MassEquality PAC Announces Endorsement of Sue Chalifoux Zephir for State Senate

Today, the MassEquality PAC announced its endorsement of Sue Chalifoux Zephir for State Senate. Sue is running to represent the Worcester and Middlesex District in a special election to be held on December 5th.

“Sue Chalifoux Zephir is an advocate and longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Her experience and awareness of LGBTQ issues makes her ideally suited to be an advocate for the community on Beacon Hill.”

LGBTQ rights have become a top issue in this race after Republican opponent Dean Tran claimed that transgender anti-discrimination policies endanger children, and referred to transgender people as individuals “experiencing an identity crisis” while also equating them with “sexual predators” during a recent debate. Mr. Tran also expressed support for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, a critical provider of health services for the LGBTQ community in the Commonwealth.

“This rhetoric is dangerous and puts members of the LGBTQ community at risk in Massachusetts,” continued Ms. Shields. “Transgender people deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect that is given to everyone else. I urge Mr. Tran to use this incident as a learning experience. We commend Ms. Chalifoux Zephir for standing up for equality in her responses to his troubling comments. We are proud to support her.”

For more information on the MassEquality PAC endorsement process, please visit www.massequalitypac.org.


Massachusetts Votes for Fairness and Equality

MassEquality celebrates LGBTQ victories in yesterday’s election

A total of 20 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC successfully won their races in yesterday’s general election, increasing the number of pro-LGBTQ legislators in the State House. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH issued the following statement in response:

“We’re pleased to announce that 15 MassEquality PAC-endorsed incumbents kept their seats in the Legislature, despite an inflammatory smear campaign launched by anti-LGBTQ conservatives targeting legislators who voted for the Transgender Anti-Discrimination law. In fact, all of the candidates who were targeted won their races. These victories send the clear message that negative campaigns based on fear-mongering and deception are ineffective when it comes to swaying Massachusetts voters.

“The PAC also endorsed five pro-LGBTQ challengers who won their races against incumbents, including two openly gay candidates. These victories increase the number of LGBTQ supporters on Beacon Hill, giving us more strong allies in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.

“We congratulate our winning candidates, and we look forward to working with them in the State House. These victories are proof that Massachusetts supports fairness and equality for all, and that taking a strong stand for LGBTQ rights is valued by voters in the Commonwealth.”


Winning MassEquality PAC-Endorsed Candidates – November 9, 2016

Governor’s Council

Eileen Duff (5th Governor’s Council)

MA Senate

Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (Middlesex & Worcester)
Senator Eric Lesser (1st Hampden & Hampshire)
Senator Jason Lewis (5th Middlesex)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (2nd Essex & Middlesex)
Senator Stan Rosenberg (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester)

MA House

Representative Cory Atkins (14th Middlesex)
Representative Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
Representative Mike Day (31st Middlesex)
Representative Dan Donahue (16th Worcester)
Dylan Fernandes (Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket)
Representative Ken Gordon (21st Middlesex)
Representative Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)
Jack Patrick Lewis (7th Middlesex)
Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)
Joan Meschino (3rd Plymouth)
Representative Denise Provost (27th Middlesex)
Representative Tom Stanley (9th Middlesex)


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Joan Meschino, 3rd Plymouth

Joan Meschino (D – 3rd Plymouth)

Former Hull Selectjmeschinoman Joan Meschino has spent her professional career fighting for progressive causes across Massachusetts. A strong advocate for social justice issues, Meschino currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Access to Justice Selection Council. The MassEquality PAC is pleased to endorse her in her campaign.


Eileen Duff, 5th Governor’s Council District

Eileen Duff (5th Governor’s Council District)

Eileen Duff has been the 5th District’s Governor’s Councilor since January 2013. As the only non-lawyer serving on the Governor’s Council, Eileen brings a different perspective to the process of interviewing and confirming justices serving throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to being elected to the Council, Eileen worked in the Massachusetts State House and on Capitol Hill. MassEquality PAC is proud to support Eileen for re-election.


Rosemary Sandlin, 3rd Hampden

rsandlinRosemary Sandlin (D – 3rd Hampden)

Rosemary represented the 3rd Hampden District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2007–2011, and spent 22 years as a member of the Agawam, MA School Committee. While a Representative, Rosemary worked hard to ensure that all residents in the Commonwealth had the right to marry the person they love. MassEquality PAC is happy to endorse Rosemary Sandlin in her campaign.


Paul Jacques, 4th Bristol

pjacquesPaul Jacques (D – 4th Bristol)

Paul is running to represent the towns of Rehoboth and Seekonk. A retired military veteran and firefighter, Paul has dedicated his life to public service and hopes to continue to do so in the  House. He is dedicated to being an advocate and a voice for his entire district, including the LGBTQ community. MassEquality is proud to endorse Paul in his election campaign.