MassEquality News (January 26, 2017)

MassEquality News

January 26, 2017


Support the LGBTQ Elder Services Training Bill!

Nurse kneels next to older woman in wheelchairAs recent news stories have made clear, LGBTQ elders face disturbing levels of harassment and discrimination from care providers. Representative Elizabeth Malia and Senator Patricia Jehlen have introduced HD3566/SD1272, An Act relative to LGBT awareness training for aging services providers, to help improve the lives and well-being of our elders. This bill would require the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to develop a curriculum and training program for the delivery of accessible and appropriate services to LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers.

You can help this bill gain important early support by urging your state legislators to sign on as co-sponsors. The deadline to co-sponsor this bill is Thursday, February 2, 2017. Legislators interested in co-sponsoring the bill can contact Rep. Malia's Chief of Staff, Natalie Kaufman, at or Sen. Jehlen's Senior Policy Director, Victoria Halal, at

Don't know who your state legislators are? Visit and enter your street address to find their names and contact information. Then call your legislator's office, and urge them to co-sponsor the LGBTQ elder services training bill. Download our Fact Sheet on the bill (PDF file) for helpful talking points to use in your phone call. If you prefer to write to your legislators, please download this sample letter (Word file) that you can customize with your name and your legislator's contact information.

Thank you for helping us ensure that our elders can receive appropriate, supportive care! Please share this email with your friends—the more people who contact their elected state officials about this bill, the more likely they are to co-sponsor and support it.

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Lavin, Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0


Join Us for Sexual Health Lobby Day!Sexual Health Lobby Day 2017 logo in blue circle

In this uncertain national political climate, it is essential that we here in Massachusetts proactively pass legislation that protects and expands access to sexual and reproductive health care. The LGBTQ community is particularly affected by the lack of accurate and comprehensive sexual health information and barriers to accessing appropriate care. Together, we must ensure that all Massachusetts residents, especially young people, have the ability to access the health care and education they need to stay safe and healthy.

That’s why a coalition of over 30 organizations, including MassEquality, will hold a Sexual Health Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, January 31st—and we need you to join us, meet with your state legislators, and advocate for birth control access, comprehensive sex education, and confidential health care. Visit for more information.

We hope to see you there!


First Event Celebrates Transgender Lives

The annual First First Event Conference LogoEvent conference takes place in Marlboro, MA at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel on January 25-29, 2017. First Event is one of the oldest and largest transgender conferences in the world, with a full schedule of workshops, presentations, entertainment, and socializing. The Saturday night banquet features a Keynote address by Louis Mitchell, a pioneering "intentional man," elder, and advocate. This year's conference theme is "Let's Make A Difference". All gender variant and questioning persons, their families, allies, and professionals are welcome to attend. For more information about the conference, visit their web site at