Mayors Coalition Kicks Off Pride Month by Adding 8 New Members
June 10, 2018

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Our campaign to defend dignity and equality for transgender people at the ballot this November is proud to announce a newly formed Mayors coalition, made up of city leaders from across the Bay State who have pledged their support for LGBT equality and transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections.

And to finish off Boston Pride and celebrate Pride month, we’re pleased to announce 8 new mayors who have joined our coalition since the beginning of June: 

Mayor Paul Heroux, Attleboro

Mayor Marc McGovern, Cambridge

Mayor Nicole LaChappelle, Easthampton

Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke

Mayor Dan Rivera, Lawrence

Mayor Gary Christenson, Malden

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke, Medford

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Newton

Existing members of the coalition include include Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty. 

According to Mayor Walsh, who supported updating our statewide nondiscrimination law to protect transgender residents when the legislature initially considered it in 2016, supporting it now is simply the right thing to do.

“This law has been in place in Massachusetts for two years with no issues, and a similar local ordinance has been in place in Boston for more than a decade. In that time, we have become a more welcoming and inclusive city for our transgender friends, and neighbors we can’t take a step backwards.”

The coalition has formed just as the U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted its 86th annual conference in Boston this weekend. More than 300 Mayors from across the United States who make up the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition also announced their support for upholding the existing state law during the conference.

“This law has been in place in Massachusetts for two years with no issues, and a similar local ordinance has been in place in Boston for more than a decade. In that time, we have become a more welcoming and inclusive city for our transgender friends, and neighbors we can’t take a step backwards.”

–Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Mayors and other local officials have long led on issues of LGBT nondiscrimination and inclusion. In 2017, the same conference passed two resolutions in support of LGBT people — recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity in population surveys, and supporting Mayors taking a stand against discrimination.

Our thanks to these mayors for joining the coalition and showing their support. We look forward to continued growth of the coalition as November continues to approach. If you’re a mayor who would like to join us, sign our pledge to uphold Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination protections for transgender people at the ballot this November.


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