Welcome to DotOUT
We are Dorchester’s largest LGBTQ+ organization dedicated to civic outreach, social out-letting, political engagement and giving back to the communities we live in. Last year we had some intermittent high points including a progressive annual Spring meeting, a rocking Pride event and a fall party but have yet to fully get our groove back. This year we hope that can change. Facebook and Instagram continue to serve as our most up to date outlets however, we do try to check in on our website to update things. See recent activities or important links below.
Help Local Families in Need
Not all of us suffered during the pandemic but many in Dorchester are still struggling to make ends meet. We donated in the fall to VietAid, an organization striving to ensure access to affordable basic services for the Vietnamese community in Dorchester. Additional services include providing small businesses aid in the form of technical services and access to space. We also stayed engaged with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute providing healing and recovery services to those grieving the death of a loved one or rebuilding after suffering from the aftereffects of gun or gang violence.
Support legislation stalled in the House for LGBTQ+ rights
Don’t take your rights for granted. There are a litany of anti-LGBTQ+ laws getting passed. On the flip side there are a variety of protection acts that need your support. The Fair and Equal Housing Act adds sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected characteristics under the Fair Housing Act to prevent you from being denied housing. The Jabara-Heyer No Hate Act enlists more resources toward the collection of hate crimes data to help prevent the next one. The Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act rejects the notion that prosecutors must prove that a protected characteristic was the sole motivation for an act of hate.
Continue to support our local businesses and sponsors
Restaurants are reopening but struggle with staff and supply shortages. Still they support the community and our organizations. When in Dorchester, try some food and fare from 224 Boston Street, Dbar, The Harp and Bard, Ashmont Grill, The Blarney Stone or Tavolo. Take your legal needs to Duffy Law for your next purchase or closing. Utilize the expert chefs and servers at Above and Beyond Catering for your coming out function. Need some toys or snacks for your best friend, stop by The Pooped Pooch at their two Dorchester locations for that special kitty or pup. Want to “wow” someone at a social event or host the perfect house party, score some unique finds at Streamline Antiques.
An act to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from losing the right to rent a home or the ability to receive public goods and services
With 2021 behind us and the pandemic entering a new phase, we are still aware of the continuing struggles for many who lost their jobs or businesses as others fight to maintain viability with new demands amidst shortages. We recognize that the LGBTQIA community remains fractured in many ways as each of us vies to be seen and heard. We hope that 2022 can bring a new era of community that taps into our unique identities but draws upon our common need for freedoms and equal rights. It is through unity that we draw upon combined strength.
Our Goals For 2022
- Use social outlets to promote unity across the community
- Support our sponsors and Dorchester’s local businesses as they recover from the pandemic
- Facilitate volunteer outlets for our membership to align with a redevelopment platform
- Build back upon our political advocacy foundation