DotOUT Scores Intergalactic Win!

DotOUT Scores Intergalactic Win!

2016-dotout-pride-winDotOut won best float in the 2016 Boston Pride Parade!

Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who came out to help us play with power tools, fluff those fabrics, and give that flatbed truck a fabulous makeover!

Feeling Like Glenn Close? DotOUT Second Year Running “Best Float” at Boston Pride

Six-time nominated actor Glenn Close knows a thing (or six) about nominations. 

DotOUT knows a thing (or three) about the intense competition around earning the coveted “Best Float” at Boston Pride’s annual parade. 

We’re not one to make outlandish claims (although all glitter is hand-cut every spring in Dorchester). 

We’re not ones to blow our  own horns here, here or here. 
But, when we do knock our float “OUT of  This World,” wellllll, we think that earns some bragging rights. 

Best for her nominatilns “Best Actress in a supporting role:The World According to Garp (1982)

The Big Chill (1983)

The Natural (1984)
Best actress in a leading role:

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Albert Nobbs (2011)

DotOUT’s Midweek Meltdowns are Fall-tastic

After the sizzle of summer fun, we all need that extra-special perk me up to see you through the waning sunny days and oncoming winter months. 

DotOUT’s monthly meet-ups are just the fix to build good anti-winter cabin fever social habits now while the weather is still fine. 

If you’re new to Dorchester (and it seems most people we run into are), our super-casual, totally chill meet-ups are a perfect way to meet your neighbors! 

What if you’re a long-time Dorchester native and have never mosied over to one of DotOUT’s events? Well, what’s stopping you from having fun? NOTHING! Come on out! 

If you have questions, just drop us an email at info@dotout.org!

#TransBillMA Needs YOUR Help!

Lawmakers are stalling on legislation fully protecting transgender Bay Staters from discrimination—and the clock is ticking.

Right now, there is no firm commitment from state lawmakers to bring SB 735 & HB 1577—legislation prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public spaces like parks and hotels—to a vote this year, if ever.

FM-Urgent5On November 18th, legislators will break for the holidays. If they haven’t brought the issue to a vote by then, efforts to fully protect transgender people from discrimination will likely be stalled until 2017.

We have to keep the pressure on so legislators know: We can’t wait. This legislation needs a decision NOW—not two years down the line.

Contact your legislators now with Freedom Massachusetts and urge them to bring SB 735 and HB1577 to vote before the end of the year.

The momentum is real. In the last 4 months alone, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs have joined with 160+ businesses like Google and Harvard Pilgrim to endorse full non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

We can absolutely pass this bill this year. Never before have we been so close. But we have to get a firm commitment from lawmakers to move SB 735 & HB 1577 forward and pass it before November 18th.

If we don’t, it could be another two years until transgender Bay Staters are fully protected under Massachusetts law.

Massachusetts should be leading the pack. It’s time for our lawmakers to commit to action. Click here to send a message and urge your lawmakers to act now on SB 735 and HB 1577: http://freedomMA.org/NoDelays.

Members Endorse Boston City Council Candidates at Forum Oct.18

BOSTON’S ONLY LGBT NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP, ENDORSES BOSTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES AT FORUM OCT. 18

Group members vote on Councilor-At-Large and candidates in three Dorchester districts.

Endorsement 2015 BOSTON, October 19, 2015 – DotOUT members and neighborhood activists heard from eight of the Boston City Council candidates Sunday night. Held at Savin Bar and Kitchen, the open dining space allowed candidates, campaign staffers and attendees to break bread with one another beforehand. David Whitley, the evening’s moderator, kept candidates on point, even as some slid humorous campaign solicitations between timed responses. DotOut Political Committee Lead Christopher Joseph said, “Boston’s heart is in its neighborhoods. Councilors answer to their constituents and can only act locally. But, they also focus on the ‘big picture’ impacting the city. Tonight’s candidates answered complex questions with a neighborhood lens.” By evening’s end, members endorsed seven candidates: four at-large and three district seats for Boston City Council.

In a repeat from DotOUT’s 2013 at-large endorsement, Dorchester resident, business owner and East Boston High School teacher Annissa Essabi George received the most votes for her second run at city councilor at-large. Moving from last place finisher in 2013 to second place was Michael Flaherty (at-large), followed by Councilors Ayanna Pressley (placing third) and Michelle Wu (fourth). Boston City Councilor and former Council President Stephen Murphy, also in attendance, placed fifth and outside the top four places required for the group’s endorsement.

DotOUT members also voted to endorse District 3–Dorchester incumbent Frank Baker over candidate Donnie Palmer. In a surprise shake-up, DotOUT members voted to endorse political newcomer Andrea Campbell over longtime LGBTQ supporter and the city council’s longest serving member Charles Yancey in District 4. District 7 saw incumbent Tito Jackson win the endorsement against Charles Clemson, who last ran in the 2013 Boston mayoral race.

“Tonight’s vote shows what happens when people get out and vote,” DotOUT President Chris McCoy said. “Each candidate forum and endorsement night is different. DotOUT members voted tonight with their vision for a more united Dorchester with careful consideration for new candidates with fresh ideas.”

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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.

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DotOUTBoston • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DotOUT

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

It’s FALL and besides those sporty things done outside at Moakley Park, we have politicking to do!

We’re at Savin Bar and Kitchen for our Endorsement Night 2015 on October 18. (Folks remember last time we were at SBK for an endorsement? Back in 2013, DotOUT members endorsed Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry (1st Suffolk) over State Rep. Nick Collins and Southie newcomer Maureen Dahill.)

This November, it’s a small race for the city, but an important one for Dorchester. Three of the city council seats serving Dorchester residents are up for re-election. Out of the five candidates for at-large, two Dorchester residents.

We all know our current mayor is from Dorchester. Some may have forgotten Mayor Menino rose through the ranks of Boston City Council and became the city’s longest-serving mayor.

All elections matter. All votes matter. YOUR vote matters more than ever in an “off” year.

As always, we’ll be sending out questionnaires again with our litmus questions.

As always, the BEST questions come from you, our DotOUT members.

HERE’S HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS:
Please email your questions (and the candidate(s) they are for) to our main email address info@dotout.org.

You may also submit them online via our Google Form survey. (This is anonymous.)

We will select questions or merge them with others based on clarity and relevance to Dorchester and our community. We find most candidates are friendly to the LGBTQ community (but, if you have found they are not, please express that in your questions and cite examples).

We will keep you posted on our progress!

It’s our BEST float YET(i)! 2015 Dorchester Day Parade

#WickedWhiteOUT takes Dorchester by STORM! Playing off of Boston Pride’s #WickedProud theme emphasizing pride and social media, DotOUT Float Committee members chose this year’s float theme, #WickedWhiteOUT—a totally Dorchester tongue-in-cheek homage to the past winter’s unprecedented weather and strength, unity and pride Dorchester residents exhibit when faced with adversity.

When building this year’s float, the quintessential “Boston” snow feature takes center stage: the Boston parking saver. Other elements celebrating winter’s passing are a mock 9′ “snow farm iceberg” complete with roadside detritus, an homage to Boston Yeti 2015, highway signs celebrating the Boston dialect. Even the flatbed truck, driven by D&D Towing of Dorchester, was decorated with mock snowbergs made from polyester batting.

This year’s big breakout super-star? Our homage to #bostonyeti2015!

Last year, DotOUT reached out to the larger Dorchester community for it’s butterfly theme.  DotArt Executive Director, Liz Carney embraced last year’s challenge and was excited to join the group again this year. Our float will incorporate cardboard snowflakes painted (and well-glittered) by the young artists at DotArt.

Special thanks to new Float Committee members Steve, Jonathan, Brian and Scottie for embracing the grit needed to make the glitter shine!

Super special thanks to Doug George for again hosting our float prep and staging areas. Not only doesn’t glitter cut itself, it doesn’t store itself! Thanks, Doug!

It’s not a DotOUT float without SOUND—Soundman John Ryan makes our music rock the road! And, after 5 hours, we needed every single high engery beat that wiggled out of those speakers to get us down that long, long, long, long, long, super-long day. Thanks, John!

CRUNCH-TIME float tszujing made us sparkle in the cool, summer sun. That special DORCHESTER sparkle happened thanks to the many DotOUT hands making merry with the glitter and power tools—and, that glitter is still everywhere!

Summer BBQ Soothes Spirits and Raises Money

The year 2015 is going down for epic-ness: epic snowfall, epic Dorchester Day Parade! After a leisurely five hour stroll down Dot Ave celebrating all things Dot-tastic, DotOUT members, determined parade goers and Energizer Bunny strong local politicos met at Cedar Grove Gardens for the group’s annual DotDay Summer Party.

Richard O’Mara, one of DotOUT’s founder and longtime Dorchester community leader, once again graciously hosted the largest DotOUT after party to date — with estimates of over 50 to 60 attendees. O’Mara offered guests cool beverages along with his signature Thai Chicken salad, burgers and grilled Portobello/cauliflower side dish.

DotOUT raised $400 from suggested donations that directly benefit Kit Clark Senior Services, one of our favorite Dorchester charities. DotOUT Treasurer Mark Haley said, “Last year’s amount was great—this is even better!” All monies collected benefit the intended charity as the event’s food and beverages were provided by O’Mara.

Political candidates in attendance and enjoying some cool shade under the garden’s festive yellow tents included: longtime DotOUT friend and allies Councillor Ayanna Pressley, (Boston At-large) and “the Dans”—Representative Daniel Cullinane (D-Twelth Suffolk) and Daniel J. Hunt (D-Thirteenth Suffolk).

DotOUT Spring Thing Annual Meeting Thawed Ashmont Neighborhood

You know it was a long winter when Dot folks show up EARLY and ON TIME for an event! Last night’s annual meeting brought people out of the snowbanks we hadn’t seen for months! With almost 50 people mixing and mingling and enjoying the carb-worthy Tavolo pizza (personal favorite? carmelized onion and pear!), DotOUT President Chris McCoy charmed the crowd with his very own Dorchester-style multi-media, techno-bedazzling presentation. The ever gracious and bicep worthy First Lady aided with the technicalities.

As el Presidente McCoy noted in his remarks, DotOUT accomplished a lot last year—we made new partnerships with other LGBT groups (hey, The Welcoming Committee!); we strengthened existing relationships with wonderful Dorchester non-profits like the Kit Clark Senior Center and issues on aging LGBT Dorchester residents; we even managed to bring a little glitter to the extremely talented young artists at Dot Art with the assistance of Dot Art Executive Director Liz Carney.

Some of the more memorable highlights from the event included welcoming new friends from Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office, old friends who are bravely rebuilding their lives after loss and, of course, welcoming new, new friends to the DotOUT Steering Committee.

So… last year? FABULOUS BEYOND BELIEF. This year? UNIMAGINABLE!

We hope you can join us at our many events this year. Come celebrate the uniqueness that is Dorchester with a little DotOUT glitter! See you soon!

More details about our new DotOUT Steering Committee members once they get their bios to me!

 

We’re (Getting) Ready! Dorchester Day Parade 2015

The official approval from the fantastic folks at the Dorchester Day Parade Committee have given us the green light for this year’s parade!

So… Save the date for Sunday, June 7, 2015 and pick your spot ANYWHERE along Dorchester Ave! Not only will you SEE us coming, you’ll hear us coming with our #wickedawesome #wickedproud beats!

See pics of last year’s Dot Day Parade!

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