In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Over a decade later, much work needs to be done to ensure that our diverse LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors are safe, welcome, and included in all aspects of life in the Commonwealth. Justice will not be achieved without inclusive education, progressive advocacy, and bold legislative action.
My commitment to LGBTQ rights is longstanding and evidenced in my work to create understanding and acceptance within my own evangelical Christian faith community – this has not been an easy task. I will not waver on rights for transgender people. I will continue, with the same level of commitment, to educate, fight, and build coalitions in the State House. Discrimination, disparities, and hardship must be replaced by opportunity, prosperity, and pathways to leadership.
- Support a ban on harmful “conversion therapy” for minors
- Support awareness training that ensures that our elder LGBTQ community members are treated with dignity and respect
- Support sex education in our schools that is LGBTQ inclusive
- Support legislation and programs, as well as legal enforcement, that address the health care and housing issues that LGBT homeless youth continue to face in our district and throughout the Commonwealth
- Passionately fight against the repeal the 2016 Transgender Anti-Discrimination law