Politics and Pride: A History of Massachusetts LGBTQ+ Politicians and Campaigns (virtual)

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Monday June 12

6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

Massachusetts has a long history leading the way for LGBTQ+ rights, from Gerry Studds, the first openly gay Congressman to the issuance of the first same sex marriage license in the country. The panelists will consider how being gay affected politicians’ careers, how viewing gay marriage as a civil right helped build African American support that was crucial in passing this legislation, and where the fight for LGBTQ+ issues stand with the election of Maura Healey as the first openly lesbian governor of Massachusetts. Panelists will reflect on the rights politics were able to win for the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing struggles being fought for today.