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 Massachusetts Historical Society has announced “Politics & Pride: A History of Massachusetts’s LGBTQ+ Politicians & Campaigns,” a program with Mark Robert Schneider, Samantha Gross of the The Boston Globe, and Byron Rushing, set for Monday, June 12th.
This program will examine 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 now stand with the election of Maura Healey as the first openly lesbian governor of Massachusetts. Panelists will reflect on the rights politicians were able to win for the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing struggles being fought for today.
This program will take place from 6 to 7 pm, and will be held both in person and virtually. For more information or to register, click here.
Photo of an early Boston pride parade provided.