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Massachusetts Votes for Fairness and Equality

Election Night 2018 Brings Victory for LGBTQ Champions in Massachusetts
Massachusetts State HouseAmong the gains in the 2018 mid-term elections on November 6th, a majority of the candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC won their races, increasing the number of pro-LGBTQ legislators in the State House.

Our winning challengers for 2018 are Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Tami Gouveia, Kathy LaNatra, David LeBoeuf, Christina Minicucci, Tram Nguyen, Becca Rausch and Maria Robinson.

Endorsed incumbents who won their races are Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Marjorie Decker, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Attorney General Maura Healey, Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Jack Lewis, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Liz Malia.

In a statement released on Wednesday, MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields said, “MassEquality is proud of all of our endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s election, and we congratulate the winners on their victories. Each one ran their campaign on the principles of fairness and equality, and the election results demonstrate overwhelming support for these values among Massachusetts voters.”

The Massachusetts LGBTQ community scored some major victories with MassEquality’s endorsed candidates. Among these wins are Tram Nguyen’s defeat of anti-LGBTQ Rep. Jim Lyons, Rep. Natalie Higgins win in a tough re-election race in a conservative district, and openly LGBTQ incumbents Attorney General Maura Healey, Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Jack Lewis and Rep. Liz Malia winning their races by strong margins. We’re also pleased to welcome Jo Comerford as the latest openly LGBTQ state Senator in Massachusetts.

MassEquality looks forward to working with the winning candidates during the upcoming legislative session. These electoral victories, along with the historic vote on Question 3 to uphold transgender nondiscrimination protections, are proof that Massachusetts supports fairness, justice and equality for all.


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MassEquality Statement on the Results of the 2018 Massachusetts Primary Election

The MassEquality PAC celebrates Tuesday’s primary wins by its endorsed candidates, including two openly LGBTQ people. The PAC’s winners include first-time contenders Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Tami Gouveia, Becca Rausch and Maria Robinson as well as incumbents Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Liz Malia. MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH issued the following statement in response:

“We are very proud of all of our endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s primary election, and we congratulate the winners on their victories. Each one ran a strong campaign on platforms rooted in fairness and equality, and the election results demonstrate overwhelming support for these values among voters. Not only do we have the inspiring success of Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts, we have a wealth of new progressive women making their way to the State House.

“Even as we celebrate these victories along with our endorsed candidates, we are preparing for November’s general election, when our endorsees will face challengers, some of whom strongly oppose LGBTQ rights. We are also working hard alongside our partners in the Yes on 3 Campaign to defend the current law protecting our transgender friends and neighbors from discrimination in public spaces. With the support of our members throughout the state, MassEquality will continue working hard to turn these primary election wins into solid victories for fairness, justice and equality in November.”

The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the general election on November 6th. For more information about our endorsed candidates, and to volunteer to support LGBTQ champions in their election campaigns, visit http://www.MassEqualityPAC.org.


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MassEquality PAC Announces Fourth Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

Massachusetts State HouseOn August 24, 2018, the MassEquality PAC announced its fourth 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 has also endorsed John Drinkwater, who is running for former state Senator Eileen Donoghue’s seat in the 1st Middlesex district.

“We’re proud to support these outstanding champions of LGBTQ rights in their races,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “We look forward to working with these dedicated and effective advocates in the State House.”

MassEquality PAC has also endorsed the following incumbent state Representatives in their re-election campaigns:

“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 on legislation vital to our community.”

In addition, the PAC has endorsed Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim for Secretary of State. “Josh Zakim’s commitment to progressive values ensures that he will be a great champion of equality and fairness in the Commonwealth as Secretary of State,” Shields commented.

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

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The MassEquality PAC stands with, develops, and elects candidates who outspokenly champion justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across Massachusetts. Since 2004, the PAC has consistently researched, interviewed and endorsed pro-equality candidates for both state and local offices. The six-member board works tirelessly to ensure that these candidates have the platforms to advocate for equality for all members of the LGBTQ community.


Sathya Mandjiny Joins MassEquality as Political Manager

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MassEquality is pleased to welcome Sathya Mandjiny as our new Political Manager.

Sathya completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston College, focusing on legislative advocacy. She was an intern at the Massachusetts State House for both the House and Senate, and gained legislative advocacy experience at the National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter as their LEAD coordinator, where she focused on legislation surrounding child welfare and criminal justice.

Prior to joining MassEquailty, Sathya worked at Lynch Associates as Account Coordinator, working with the legislative team on a variety of issues including health care and transportation.


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.


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MassEquality PAC Congratulates Endorsed Candidates

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[L-R: Jack Lewis, Juana Matias, Natalie Higgins, Rep. Danielle Gregoire]

Thursday’s Massachusetts Primary election was a busy and exciting one for us here at MassEquality. Of the 14 candidates endorsed by the MassEquality PAC who faced opponents in the September 8th Primary, 12 of them won against their opponents. The election results are a clear victory, not only for the candidates, but also for the LGBTQ community in Massachusetts. Our thanks go out to everyone who volunteered, phone banked, knocked on doors in neighborhoods, and most importantly, voted for these committed LGBTQ rights champions! Your hard work and support helped make these victories happen.

“We are very proud of each of our endorsed candidates in yesterday’s Primary election, and we congratulate them on their victories,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “The election results were a huge win for progressive candidates and champions of LGBTQ rights, and they demonstrate that supporting equal rights for all does not lessen a candidate’s chances of being elected. We are especially pleased that openly gay candidates Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands) and Jack Lewis (7th Middlesex) won their races by strong margins, showing support among voters for LGBTQ representation on Beacon Hill.”

 

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[L-R: Jen Migliore, Rep. Liz Malia, Rep. Evandro Carvalho, Julian Cyr]

“Even as we celebrate these victories along with our endorsed candidates, we are preparing for November’s General election when more of our endorsees will face challengers, some of whom work against equality,” Ms. Shields continued. “With the support of our members throughout the state, MassEquality will continue working hard to turn these Primary election wins into solid victories for fairness, justice and equality on November 8th.”

Congratulations to Thursday’s winners!
First-Time Candidates:

  • Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands)
  • Dylan Fernandes (Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket)
  • Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)
  • Jack Lewis (7th Middlesex)
  • Juana Matias (16th Essex)
  • Jen Migliore (9th Essex)

Incumbents:

  • Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk)
  • Sen. Pat Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
  • Rep. Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
  • Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
  • Rep. Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
  • Rep. Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)

 

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[L-R: Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Marjorie Decker, Dylan Fernandes, Sen. Pat Jehlen]

The MassEquality PAC will announce further endorsements in the coming weeks for the upcoming General Election on November 8th.

As Deborah Shields said above, many of our candidates will have serious competition in the General Election, some of whom oppose LGBTQ rights. This means that we’ll need your help more than ever to keep our LGBTQ champions in the State House.

Would you like to volunteer to support a pro-equality candidate in your local area? Sign up with our Volunteer Team, and we’ll get you connected with a campaign near you!

Are you interested in supporting the work of the MassEquality PAC and electing pro-LGBTQ candidates to office? Click here to support the MassEquality PAC.

Mark Your Calendar: The General Election is
Tuesday, November 8th—Don’t Forget to VOTE!


MassEquality PAC Announces 1st Round of Legislative Endorsements for 2016

The MassEquality PAC is pleased to announce its first round of endorsements for the 2016 legislative races.

First-time candidates endorsed by MassEquality PAC include:

Senate: Nora Harrington (Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth)

House: Natalie Higgins (4th Worcester)

“Both of these candidates are effective advocates and longtime supporters of the LGBTQ community,” said MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Their experience and awareness of LGBTQ issues make them ideally suited to be influential advocates for the community on Beacon Hill.”

Senate incumbent endorsees include:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk)
Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (1st Middlesex & Norfolk)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (Everett, Middlesex & Suffolk)
Senator Kenneth Donnelly (4th Middlesex)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (Middlesex & Worcester)
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (1st Suffolk)
Senator Pat Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
Senator Eric Lesser (1st Hampden & Hampshire)
Senator Jason Lewis (5th Middlesex)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (2nd Essex & Middlesex)
Senator Stan Rosenberg (Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester)

House incumbent endorsees include:

Representative Cory Atkins (14th Middlesex)
Representative Christine Barber (34th Middlesex)
Representative Evandro Carvalho (5th Suffolk)
Representative Mike Day (31st Middlesex)
Representative Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
Representative Denise Garlick (13th Norfolk)
Representative Danielle Gregoire (4th Middlesex)
Representative Kate Hogan (3rd Middlesex)
Representative Kay Khan (11th Middlesex)
Representative Liz Malia (11th Suffolk)
Representative Jim O’Day (14th Worcester)
Representative Sarah Peake (4th Barnstable)
Representative Denise Provost (27th Middlesex)
Representative Byron Rushing (9th Suffolk)
Representative Paul Tucker (7th Essex)

“Our endorsed incumbent candidates have a proven track record as champions of LGBTQ rights, and have consistently supported legislation that is vital to our community,” Ms. Shields added. “We are proud to endorse each of 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 about our endorsement process and criteria, please click here.