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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.


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.”


Tram Nguyen – 18th Essex

Tram Nguyen Campaign Web Site

A legal aid attorney and engaged advocate, Tram Nguyen is dedicated to fighting for the people of her district. She is currently a staff attorney with the Greater Boston Legal Service (GBLS) and is the project coordinator for the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Project. She also previously worked for the Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Asian Outreach Unit, representing victims and survivors of domestic violence. Tram fights every day for the safety and well-being of her clients, and she plans to use these advocacy skills to fight to help all people and communities in Massachusetts. The MassEquality PAC is pleased to join Mass Alliance, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund and other organizations in endorsing Tram.