MassEquality Honors LGBTQ Champions at the 2017 Beacons of Light Dinner & Icon Awards Ceremony

MassEquality(L-R): Rep. Jack Lewis, BAGLY Executive Director Grace Sterling Stowell.
© 2017 Marilyn Humphries

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, pioneering LGBTQ youth organization BAGLY, and the LOCS Collective were recognized by MassEquality for their contributions to the LGBTQ community.

BOSTON, Mass.—MassEquality’s Beacons of Light Dinner and Icon Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, March 23 at the Courtyard Downtown in Boston, MA. The evening honored the 2017 Icon Award winners, who were chosen for their exceptional leadership, voice, advocacy and commitment to bettering the lives of the LGBTQ community.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, the first openly gay and Jewish legislator to lead the Massachusetts Senate in its over-three-hundred year history, won the Political Icon Award.

BAGLY (the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth), one of the country’s first and longest running youth-led, adult-supported LGBTQ organizations won the Community Icon Award.

The LOCS (Lesbians of Color Symposium) Collective, a non-profit community organization founded in 2012, dedicated to the service and support of LBTQ-identified women of color and allies, won the Special Recognition Award.

“We congratulate and thank our Icon Award winners for their pioneering work on behalf of the LGBTQ community,” said MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH. “They have been beacons of light during dark times, and fought for us and alongside us throughout many battles for our rights. Our community is stronger because of their efforts.”

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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