MassEquality Board of Directors Candidate Application
Since its founding, MassEquality has been committed to ensuring that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are proud to have achieved numerous policy and electoral victories to this end. From marriage equality to the ban on gay conversion therapy and the protection and expansion of transgender rights, MassEquality has been a leading voice for the LGBTQ community for over 15 years.
When we look beyond these legislative accomplishments, however, we still see too many Massachusetts leaders who openly criticize the fight for LGBTQ equality. We see communities opposed to providing inclusive sex education or educating their children about gender identity and expression. We see an increase in bullying and hate crimes nationwide. As the national discourse becomes increasingly intolerant, we can see the seeds of hate being planted among our neighbors right here in Massachusetts.
For these reasons, MassEquality’s work is not done. In the coming months, we will launch a new initiative aimed at addressing needs of communities outside the immediate Boston area. Through a mix of community organizing and local advocacy, we will seek to empower and engage LGBTQ citizens and allies to effect change in their communities. We will continue to advocate and educate for LGBTQ equality, while electing leaders who will protect and expand LGBTQ rights and increase visibility for this community.
In order to successfully realize this transition, we are recruiting new Board members who are passionate about this new direction. We seek to establish a Board of Directors that is reflective of the LGBTQ community, in terms of racial and socioeconomic diversity as well as sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. As our work will be expanding outside the immediate Boston area, we also encourage applicants from around the state.
Please consider joining us as we seek to make the dream of LGBTQ equality a reality, not just in Boston, but also in Western Mass, on the South Shore, the Cape and Islands, and every region in between.
How do you identify among the following sexual orientation categories? You may select more than one category.
What is your gender identity? You may select more than one category.
Not listed/Prefer to self identify (answer below)
If you would prefer to self-identify, please fill in your answer in this box:
Please list any special skills that you may have
Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on (business, civic, community, fraternal, political, professional, recreational, religious, social) and any relevant professional experience. Include your role/title and your dates of service.
Briefly explain (3-4 sentences) why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for MassEquality. How do you feel MassEquality would benefit from your involvement on the Board?
Briefly explain (3-4 sentences) what aspect of the Board of Directors role interests you the most.
As you consider the new direction that MassEquality will undertake (local advocacy outside the immediate Boston area), please share how you feel you could contribute to help MassEquality successfully realize this transition.
How would you handle the choice between endorsing a straight incumbent vs. an LGBTQ challenger?
Please describe the most important aspects of a community that is truly open and inclusive of members of the LGBTQ community.
What do you think are the most pressing issue facing LGBTQ people in Massachusetts today?
Skills, experience and interests. Please select all that apply.
Administration, management, human resources
Public relations, communications
Please list any groups, organizations or businesses that you could serve as a liaison to on behalf of MassEquality.
Please tell us anything else you’d like to share.
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