Our LGBTQ+ residents are an essential part of the rich fabric of Boston and Andrea will be a mayor that is an ally and partner to LGBTQ+ residents and advocates to make our City work for everyone. Andrea envisions Boston as a city where LGBTQ+ neighbors want to live, feel included, and uplifted in all of our communities. As Mayor, she will implement policy and programming that is inclusive and affirming, including dynamic and LGBTQ+ friendly housing that is affordable and community-based, and inclusive and intersectional health care, invest in our LGBTQ+ youth, businesses, and entrepreneurs, and advocate for increased protections against discrimination based on sexual or gender identity.
As Boston recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea will work to ensure that we build a city that is even more inclusive of our LGBTQ+ neighbors, and that our City is a place where LGBTQ+ people want to live, work, start a business, and raise their families. As Mayor, Andrea will center LGBTQ+ concerns with a new cabinet-level position, encourage dynamic LGBTQ+ friendly housing, invest in our LGBTQ+ youth, ensure equitable access to healthcare, build a culturally competent city workforce, and support our LGBTQ+ businesses and entrepreneurs. Andrea will be an advocate for the City’s LGBTQ+ residents in City Hall and will fight for increased protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the state and national levels.
- Invest in LGBTQ+ housing for all ages. Boston is home to New England’s first LGBTQ+ senior housing facility, but too many members of the LGBTQ+ community of all ages face housing instability. Just as no LGBTQ+ youth should experience homelessness in our city, no LGBTQ+ senior should feel discriminated against in senior housing or in assisted living facilities. In addition to promoting the construction of LGBTQ+ friendly housing for all ages, Andrea will ensure that all existing providers of aging services in the city comply with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) training requirement to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Invest in our LGBTQ+ youth. We know that LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk of housing instability, bullying, mental health issues and suicide, and experiencing violence, particularly Black trans women. This includes being intentional in the city’s role of combating hate and violence towards the trans community. Andrea will invest in community-based and school-based programs to support our LGBTQ+ youth and ensure all city services and programs are affirming and welcoming of all identities through key funding of youth shelters and access to health services.
- Ensure that the City does business in an inclusive way. Whether adding sexual orientation and gender identity as a status point around diversity for our main streets or ensuring that the City is not using vendors or approving contracts with known anti-LGBTQ+ entities, Andrea believes that our City has a responsibility to do business in a way that reflects our values. This also includes ensuring all city forms have non-binary options. We must also ensure that vibrant, diverse businesses have the opportunity to thrive through equal access to capital and support, especially for businesses like bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Push State and Federal leaders to continue expanding protections for LGBTQ+ residents. As Mayor, Andrea will partner with our Federal and State delegations to continue to expand protections and accommodations for our LGBTQ+ community. She would strongly urge the passage of the Equality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service; stand with leaders fighting back against the weaponization of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; and advocate for the expansion of Obama-era anti-discriminaton protections that the Trump Administration had dismantled.
- Create an LGBTQ+ cabinet level position. Roughly 8% of Boston’s population identifies as LGBTQ+, yet our City has room to grow in ensuring that LGBTQ+ residents feel safe, included, and supported in their communities. We need a cabinet-level position that can lead our efforts to execute on this and be a consistent voice for LGBTQ+ residents in all policy-making and decisions. They will also oversee and ensure all city hiring practices are inclusive and that sexual orientation and gender identity are considered as part of diversity requirements for all city departments including BPS schools. Further, they will oversee the implementation of LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum in schools, not just for sex education but for all subjects.