DotOUT Members Endorse 2014 Democratic Primary Candidates
Candidates and their family and friends address neighborhood group, emphasize their commitment to Dorchester and LGBTQ issues.
(Please note: this brief accounting of the night’s events is the result of the upcoming holiday weekend (and a fun camping trip planned with friends). A longer account will be forthcoming next week.)
BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2014 – Candidates, family members, close representatives and friends met in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester and spoke to DotOUT members about their support and commitment to the LGBTQ community in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth. With only eleven days until the primary, statewide candidates previously scheduled at other events sent loved ones to woo the crowd on their behalf. “Tonight’s candidates really went the extra mile,” said DotOUT Vice President Matthew Duffy and the group’s political endorsement liaison. “Every candidate we approached to participate in the endorsement process committed to answering our members’ questions drawing upon their personal and professional experiences with LGBTQ communities and people.”
The informal evening opened the venue up to briefer speeches and more interaction with DotOUT members. Duffy commented about the night’s expected format, “Tonight’s event brought together LGBTQ friends and allies from across Dorchester in ways a more structured event might not have.”
Ballot voting and counting the votes after the evening’s end also helped to shift from a political to social emphasis. DotOUT President Chris McCoy said, “Members from across Dorchester were making new connections tonight. I felt members were comfortable staying after casting their votes and saw a number of new introductions happening.”
DotOUT Steering Committee members oversaw the final vote. DotOUT members voted to endorse: Steve Grossman (Governor); Steve Kerrigan (Lt. Governor); Maura Healey (Attorney General); and, Dan Cullinane (12th Suffolk).
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DotOUT (http://www.dotout.org) is a grassroots, member-driven organization committed to the ideals of acceptance, inclusion, fairness and equality. We believe in the strength of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (“GLBTQ”) community in Dorchester and recognize that together through our activism and neighborliness we can positively influence local opinion on issues that are relevant to us and our community.
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