Practically Crack of Dawn…

Practically Crack of Dawn…

We’re cutting the glitter for Saturday’s brunch…

Brunch & annual meeting is THIS Saturday! Almost 70 folks have signed up through Eventbrite and Facebook. If you’re…

Posted by DotOut Dorchester on Thursday, March 30, 2017

On Discrimination 

“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end.” — Bayard Rustin

Pride Flags Flying in Southie on Saturday

Something happened on the way to Broadway Street…

 

DotOUT Distributing Rainbow Flags to South Boston Businesses and Residences

DotOUT, BOSTON’S ONLY LGBT NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP, DISTRIBUTING
RAINBOW FLAGS TO SOUTH BOSTON BUSINESSES AND RESIDENCES

Steering Committee responds to recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade inclusion of LGBT veterans group.

 

BOSTON, March 13, 2013 – DotOUT steering committee members are giving away 100 rainbow flags this week to South Boston businesses and residences to display during the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19, 2017. “The rainbow flag is a symbol of hope and pride for the LGBT community,” said DotOUT Vice President Matthew Duffy. “We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support during the past week. When straight allies and neighbors fly the rainbow flag, they affirm their vision of an inclusive Boston.”

 

The idea for donating the flags began with DotOUT Treasurer Mark Haley, who, as a small business owner, knows the impact local businesses have on shaping a community. Haley was impressed by neighbors in Washington, DC who flew rainbow flags during Vice President Mike Pence’s temporary stay. He thought it was a positive and visible way for allies to stand up for their LGBT neighbors. “Dorchester businesses have been pro-LGBT with their support of DotOUT’s events year after year. South Boston and Dorchester are neighbors. It’s time for DotOUT to lend a hand to our neighbor. Providing free rainbow flags is our welcoming gesture to South Boston.”

 

The flags are available March 18 and will be distributed through a combined effort of neighborhood groups and residents. The group’s goal is for business and residences along the parade route to display the majority of flags for a visual display of #OneBoston and #StrongerTogether messaging popular on social media. South Boston residences and businesses are encouraged to display the flag during the parade regardless of their location. If interested in obtaining a flag, people can use the provided form at http://bit.ly/DotOUTRainbowFlag.

 

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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: https://www.facebook.com/dotoutdorchester/

DotOUT Shares the Rainbow (Flag) on St Patrick’s Day

DotOUT steering committee members are giving away 100 free rainbow flags this week to South Boston businesses and residences to display during the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19, 2017.  “The rainbow flag is a symbol of hope and pride for the LGBT community,” said DotOUT Vice President Matthew Duffy. “We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support during the past week. When straight allies and neighbors fly the rainbow flag, they affirm their vision of an inclusive Boston.”

The idea for donating the flags began with DotOUT Treasurer Mark Haley, who, as a small business owner, knows the impact local businesses have on shaping a community.  Haley was impressed by neighbors in Washington, DC who flew rainbow flags during Vice President Mike Pence’s temporary stay. He thought it was a positive and visible way for allies to stand up for their LGBT neighbors. “Dorchester businesses have been pro-LGBT with their support of DotOUT’s events year after year. South Boston and Dorchester are neighbors. It’s time for DotOUT to lend a hand to our neighbor. Providing free rainbow flags is our welcoming gesture to South Boston.”

The flags are available March 18 and will be distributed through a combined effort of neighborhood groups and residents. The group’s goal is for business and residences along the parade route to display the majority of flags for a visual display of #OneBoston and #StrongerTogether messaging popular on social media. South Boston residences and businesses are encouraged to display the flag during the parade regardless of their location. If interested in obtaining a flag, people can use the provided form at http://bit.ly/DotOUTRainbowFlag.

2017 Promise to You, Dorchester!

In vibrant Dorchester, Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, DotOUT has ‘connected the dots’ for more than 13 years between LGBTQ neighbors and businesses with creative and inclusive civic, social, political and charitable engagements. We’ve embraced our strengths and enhanced our commonalities as neighbors, friends and family.

Members of DotOUT fought long and hard to acquire the same rights as our non-LGBTQ neighbors and family members in Massachusetts. We, like many, feared these hard-won rights would be crushed under the current Presidential Administration. Sadly, we are seeing those fears made real with almost weekly attacks on LGBTQ rights across the country. We are in the crosshairs.

Yesterday, we learned of a return to homophobia and transphobia here in Boston where many thought this battle had been won here at home. While not representing our city or any neighborhood, a 9-4 vote by South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers, Allied War Veterans Council, punctuates that homophobia and transphobia — even against U.S. veterans who are LGBTQ — can drive current actions in Boston and beyond and will grow if left unchallenged.

We take challenges to our community members seriously, and as current and past board members, DotOUT leaders firmly promise to stay strong as we challenge ourselves to fight against rising aggressive hatred facing our LGBTQ community.

DotOUT promises to:

  • Speak up and out proudly for community that is accepting;
  • Call out harmful actions that condone discrimination against LGBTQ people;
  • Commit to raise our visibility in our Dorchester neighborhoods and beyond;
  • Reinvigorate our social engagements with opportunities for open and honest dialogue.

We ask you — our friends, family and neighbors — to recommit with us for community and inclusion. We can only be a better Dorchester–a stronger Boston — by being more supportive, welcoming and accepting neighbors.

With love,

DotOUT Steering Committee

P.S. DotOUT will again proudly march to celebrate Dorchester (as we have every year since 2004) in the 2017 Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, June 4. Please join us. Find out how by emailing us at info@dotout.org.

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.