Happy National Coming Out Day!

MassEquality News

October 11, 2018


On National Coming Out Day, Stand Up for Equality!

A rainbow flag flies on a flagpole, with a sunny, blue sky and white clouds in the backgroundToday is the 30th annual National Coming Out Day (NCOD), when LGBTQ people are encouraged to live openly and authentically by coming out to friends, family, colleagues, and others in person and online. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they're more likely to support equality and fair treatment under the law. And when we openly share our personal stories, we can support others who may not be safe enough to come out.

At a time when the Trump administration is working hard to roll back LGBTQ rights and protections, coming out as LGBTQ is more important than ever. Having the support of our allies and showing our community's strength and pride are vital to ensuring that justice for all is promoted and preserved. If you feel safe enough to come out to your family, friends and community today, we join you in standing up for equality, dignity and respect for all.

Below are some actions you can take today in honor of National Coming Out Day to support LGBTQ rights and fight back against state- and federal-level assaults on equality.

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All Out for the Yes on 3 Campaign!

Take Action to Defend Transgender Equality in Massachusetts!As part of our work in support of the Yes on 3 campaign to uphold the law that protects our transgender neighbors from discrimination in public spaces, MassEquality is hosting two full Days of Action this weekend, October 13-14.
The election is now less than a month away! That means we need you (and your friends and family members) at our Weekend of Action this Saturday and Sunday to help us knock on as many doors as possible and let people know why keeping this law on the books is so important.
MassEquality's Yes on 3 Weekend of Action
Saturday, October 13, 10:00am-3:00pm
Quincy, MA
Sunday, October 14, 10:00am-3:00pm
South End, Boston, MA

If you have any questions about our Weekend of Action for Yes on 3, please contact our Political Manager, Sathya Mandjiny, at sathya@massequality.org


Get Ready to Vote in November

People line up outside a brick building to vote. A "Vote Here" sign is posted to the left of the line of people.From the slate of pro-LGBTQ candidates running for state-wide office to the YES on 3 campaign, MassEquality supporters have many reasons to go to the polls on November 6th! The deadline to register for this election is October 17th—less than a week from now. It takes less than a minute to check your voter registration status online, so why wait?

Check your voter registration status now!

We also encourage you to make a plan to vote ahead of the election, so you'll know where your polling place is and how you'll get there. Some people may need to make additional plans to vote successfully. Download and print our Guide to Voting While LGBTQ+ (PDF file) for more information and suggestions to help ensure you can vote on November 6th.

Massachusetts introduced early voting last year, so if you'll have trouble getting to the polls on November 6th, you can cast your vote between October 22nd and November 2nd. For more information about early voting, visit www.MassEarlyVote.com.

Learn more about MassEquality's endorsed candidates at www.massequalitypac.org

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A person wearing blue jeans and red, white and blue shoes stands to the left of the letters O T E written in red chalk outlined in white on a sidewalkMA Election Dates to Remember:

Registration Deadline - Wednesday, October 17th

Early Voting is October 22nd - November 2nd

General Election - Tuesday, November 6th


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