MassEquality Announces 2019 Icon Award Winners


MA LGBTQ state legislators and the Yes on 3 Campaign to be honored for their contributions to the LGBTQ community at the 2019 Beacons of Light event.

BOSTON–MassEquality, the Commonwealth’s leading statewide, grassroots LGBTQ advocacy organization, will honor our openly LGBTQ state legislators and the Yes on 3 Campaign at the 2019 Beacons of Light Dinner and Icon Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 25 at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown, Boston, MA. The evening celebrates the 2019 Icon Award winners, who were chosen for their exceptional leadership, voice, advocacy and commitment to bettering the lives of the LGBTQ community in Massachusetts and across the nation.

Massachusetts’ seven openly LGBTQ state legislators will receive this year’s Political Icon Awards. The honorees are Sen. Jo Comerford, Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, Rep. Liz Malia, and Rep. Sarah Peake.

The Yes on 3 Campaign, the coalition that successfully defended Massachusetts’ transgender anti-discrimination law at the ballot box in 2018, will receive the Community Icon Award.

MassEquality will also welcome musical performers and members of the premier Boston Roller Derby league for a special appearance to add to the excitement of the evening’s festivities.

“We congratulate this year’s Icon Award winners and look forward to celebrating their historic efforts in support of the LGBTQ community,” said MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “Their commitment to equality and justice is an inspiration to all. They are truly beacons of light for our community.”

For more information about Beacons of Light 2019, and to purchase tickets or sponsor the event, visit

MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

[From a News Release]

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