About Us

Welcome to Dorchester, Mass.!

Founded in 1630, Dorchester aka “Dot”, was once a bustling, stand-alone town, but is now Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood.

DotOUT was formed over a decade ago to help bridge its wide-flung communities. Founding members felt the need to “connect the Dots” between Dorchester’s current and growing influx of LGBTQ residents and the various neighborhoods and communities found in Dot. At the time, there was some initial pushback at the local level regarding the Goodrich v. Department of Public Health decision which ushered in same-sex marriage legislature in Massachusetts.

Since 2004, DotOUT has been welcomed by the Dorchester Day parade organizers and has been a crowd favorite float in the annual parade. (We even won best float!) DotOUT continues to strengthen bridges between long-established communities, parishes and non-profit organizations with its commitment to positive civic engagement amongst all residents. Proceeds from the group’s activities are donated to Dorchester’s smaller nonprofits who foster a culture of inclusion and fairness.

Some of the Ways We Connect the Dots

This article from the Boston Globe in 2005 still brings a smile to our faces almost a decade later.

Civic

  • Yearly participation in the Dorchester Day Parade
  • Participation in the Dorchester Beach Festival
  • Local aid to park and neighborhood clean up
  • Promoting beautification with flower seeds
  • Building awareness of recycling campaigns
  • Collaboration with local businesses and Universities

Social

  • Multiple local social events including Summer Tea Dance, Harvest Mixer, Spring Event & Meeting, Red Sox Games, Bowling, Out in the Park, Franklin Park Zoo.
  • Collaboration with local social and sports groups (New Southie, Gay Beer Club, Flag Football

Political

Political
  • Small Candidate Forums for the LGBT community and the Dorchester community
  • Endorsements

Charitable

DotART Butterfly

Fundraisers for local charities targeting:

  • Education (Boston Partners in Education)
  • Healthcare (DotWell, DotHouse Health)
  • Elder Services (Kit Clark)
  • Youth Services (Dorchester YMCA)
  • Arts (Boston City Singers, DotART, Dorchester Historial Society, Dorchester Arts Collaborative)
  • GLBT causes (Victory Program/Boston Living Center, It Gets Better)
  • Shelters and Women’s Services (St. Mary’s Center, The Network/LaRed)
  • Historic Preservation (Dorchester Historical Society)
  • Boston (One Fund)