MassEquality’s Annual Beacons of Light Fundraiser Honors LGBTQ Champions

May 6, 2019

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH 
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality


Boston, May 6, 2019 – MassEquality, Massachusetts’ leading LGBTQ grassroots advocacy organization, held its annual Beacons of Light fundraising dinner and Icon Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The event honored the openly LGBTQ members of the Massachusetts legislature, the historic Yes on 3 Campaign and Rep. Kay Khan. Funds raised at the event will allow the organization to expand its mission to advocate for full equality and justice throughout the Commonwealth.

The Beacons of Light awards dinner engaged and inspired attendees. Approximately 140 guests gathered in support of MassEquality’s mission, including legal champions, a broad range of community groups, and LGBTQ rights supporters. Special guest emcee, former Rep. Carl Sciortino, introduced the political award winners, adding his personal reflections on each honoree’s career and accomplishments.

Our Political Icons, Sen. Julian Cyr, Sen. Joanne Comerford, Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Elizabeth Malia, Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis and Rep. Natalie Higgins, work tirelessly to protect and extend LGBTQ rights in Massachusetts. These awards recognize the legislators’ long records of championing equality and fairness for all.

The audience was inspired by the words of Mason Dunn, former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and co-chair of the Yes on 3 Campaign, who accepted the Community Icon award on behalf of the campaign.

Rep. Kay Khan, recipient of the Political Ally Icon award, was honored for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community, most recently as the lead sponsor of the Conversion Therapy Ban bill. She shared reflections on her work as an ally and advocate for equality throughout her career as a legislator.

Other notable attendees were Marie-Claude Francoeur, Québec Delegate to New England; David Alward, Canadian Consul General in New England; Michael Pizziferri, Public Affairs Attaché of the Québec Government Office in Boston; and Sam Chambers, Boston Citywide LGBTQ Liaison for Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

This year’s event also featured an exciting live auction. Auction items included a photo safari package at the Zulu Nyala wildlife reserve in South Africa and travel certificates provided by jetBlue. Members of Boston Roller Derby raised the energy in the room to full blast as they skated around the ballroom to collect donations and add excitement to the auction bidding.

About MassEquality

MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We do this by partnering across issues, identities and communities to build a broad, inclusive and politically powerful movement that changes hearts and minds and achieves policy and electoral victories.