Massachusetts has long centered the LGBTQ community. Nearly 20 years ago, we were the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and Boston's yearly PRIDE celebration is the largest in New England.
Still, in the last year, longtime internal rifts have boiled to the surface, while efforts to strip people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer of rights have swept across the country, including in New England.
So, as we take stock of living LGBTQ in 2021, we start by asking where we are -- in policy, with Boston Pride, and in safety and recognition for the trans community. And what are the challenges ahead for creating a full, vibrant Commonwealth?
Gary Daffin is the executive director of the Multicultural Aid Coalition, and the co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. He joined us to talk more about the history and the challenges within local LGBTQ community, and how they can be used to build a more inclusive future.
This segment aired on June 23, 2021.