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Mayor Tom Menino LGBT Ally Dies

By Charlotte Robinson, October 31, 2014
Mayor Tom Menino was a fierce LGBT ally during his 20 years as mayor of Boston. He began as a city councilor in the 1980’s working to support HIV education & prevention efforts & instituted the first needle exchange program in the state. As mayor he fought for & won a municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity. He refused to walk in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade because the LGBT community wasn’t welcome. He wrote to the anti-marriage President of Chik-Fil-A who was considering opening a restaurant in Boston & told him that discrimination was not welcome on Boston’s ‘Freedom Trail.’ One of the earliest supporters of marriage equality he lobbied the State House in support of the freedom to marry & on May 17, 2004 when marriage equality became the law in Massachusetts, Mayor Menino personally welcomed couples at Boston City Hall & made sure they were protected from protesters. I met Mayor Menino on a number of occasions attending fundraisers throughout Boston. In 2010 at the 6th anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts he attended a celebration at Club Café in Boston. In this exclusive audio byte I talked to Mayor Menino about his spin on our LGBT issues: LISTEN:

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