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MassEquality PAC Announces 2nd Round of 2018 Legislative Endorsements

Massachusetts State HouseOn 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.”


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Sue Chalifoux Zephir, Worcester & Middlesex

Sue Chalifoux Zephir (D – Worcester & Middlesex)

Sue Chalifoux Zephir is dedicated to serving the people of North Central Massachusetts. A Leominster City Councillor for eight years and a board member and trustee of several local organizations, as well as the Executive Director of a food pantry, Sue has a long career of community service and civic involvement. Through these experiences, she has gained valuable knowledge and insight into the issues that impact the people of her district. She is also an advocate and longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community. MassEquality is proud to endorse her in this race.


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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New! Updated Voter Guide for the MA General Election

The MassEquality PAC has updated its 2-page voter guide listing our endorsed candidates for the 2016 House and Senate races in Massachusetts to reflect the results of the September 8th Primary election. Please click the image below to download and print this handy guide and take it to the polls with you on Tuesday, November 8th!

MassEquality General Election Voting Guide 2016


Phone Bank for Our Endorsed Candidates

You Can Help Send Pro-Equality Candidates to the State House!

canvassing1 MassEquality endorses candidates for state-wide office who support our policy priorities, such as:

  • Protecting transgender people from discrimination
  • Banning mental health practices seeking to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors
  • Guaranteeing that LGBTQ seniors are treated with respect and receive culturally competent care
  • Providing our youth with sexuality education that is age-appropriate and medically accurate

One of the most important things we can do for these candidates is contact voters in their district to ask for their support. By volunteering to make phone calls for MassEquality’s endorsed candidates, your help could make the difference between sending a solid LGBTQ advocate to Beacon Hill or a legislator who will consistently oppose equality.

We have several phone bank opportunities coming up soon!100_0376

You can make calls at your home or at a candidate’s campaign office. All you need is a phone and a computer. If you would like to volunteer for a candidate on a particular day, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll help you find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule.

Please sign up using our Campaign Volunteer Form, and we’ll get in touch with you soon to let you know about phone banks and canvassing opportunities for candidates in your area.

 If you want to volunteer for the MassEquality PAC in another way, please sign up using our PAC Volunteer Form, and we’ll contact you about your interests and our current volunteer opportunities.

Photo Credits: AFL-CIO America’s Unions on Flickr, CC-BY-2.0; MassEquality.


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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.

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