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Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus records

 Collection
Identifier: M141

Overview

The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (the Caucus) was founded in 1973 to fight for social equality for the gay and lesbian community in Massachusetts. Originally titled the Boston Advocates for Human Rights, the organization changed its name to Massachusetts Caucus for Gay Legislation in 1976 to reflect its focus on statewide legislation. The organization adopted its current name in 1987. The Caucus was the first group within the gay and lesbian community to employ a lobbyist to work full-time on equal rights for gay men and lesbians. Since its creation, the Caucus has worked toward creating and promoting legislation that benefits gay men and lesbians. Initially, the Caucus focused on three statewide bills: to prohibit discrimination based on sexual preference in state employment, to prohibit discrimination statewide, and to amend the criminal code in regards to sexual conduct between consenting adults. The Caucus's focus has since grown to include issues such as same-sex marriage and parenthood. On November 15, 1989, the Caucus achieved a major victory when Governor Michael Dukakis signed the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill into law. More recent successes included the passage of the Domestic Partner Benefits Bill in 2001 and the Freedom to Marry Act in 2004. The Caucus continues to monitor these issues to ensure the laws remain in effect. The Caucus promotes participation from supporters of these issues by hosting annual lobbying events such as the Constituent Lobby Day, sending candidate and legislation endorsement letters, and collaborating with other local, state, and national gay and lesbian organizations.

Dates

  • 1974-2007 (bulk 1978-2004)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Chronology

  • 1973 Drafts and files Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill.
  • 1976 Changes name to Massachusetts Caucus for Gay Legislation.
  • 1979 Changes name to Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus.
  • 1986 Lobbies into law bill protecting HIV test confidentiality and banning forced testing.
  • 1987 Changes name to Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.
  • 1989 Wins passage of Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill.
  • 1992 Introduces Hate Crimes Bill.
  • 1993 First files domestic partnership legislation.
  • 1993 Launches the Caucus Fight the Right Project.
  • 1994 Successfully organizes opposition to nearly a dozen anti-gay extremists running for school committees.
  • 1995 Introduces legislation to repeal archaic sex laws and statutes.
  • 1996 Wins passage of Hate Crimes Bill.
  • 2001 In the State Senate, wins passage of domestic partnership legislation.
  • 2004 Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage passes.
1973
Drafts and files Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill.
1976
Changes name to Massachusetts Caucus for Gay Legislation.
1979
Changes name to Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus.
1986
Lobbies into law bill protecting HIV test confidentiality and banning forced testing.
1987
Changes name to Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.
1989
Wins passage of Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill.
1992
Introduces Hate Crimes Bill.
1993
First files domestic partnership legislation.
1993
Launches the Caucus Fight the Right Project.
1994
Successfully organizes opposition to nearly a dozen anti-gay extremists running for school committees.
1995
Introduces legislation to repeal archaic sex laws and statutes.
1996
Wins passage of Hate Crimes Bill.
2001
In the State Senate, wins passage of domestic partnership legislation.
2004
Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage passes.

Extent

1.25 cubic feet (3 containers)

System of Arrangement:

The collection is organized alphabetically by subject.

Physical Location

58/3, 58/4

Related Materials:

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, which is accessible at: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1747/*/http://mglpc.com/

Bibliography

  • Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. "Your Advocate on Beacon Hill since 1973." http://mglpc.com/past.php (accessed September 27, 2007).
Title
Finding aid for the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Marietta Carr
Date
November 20, 2007
Language of description
Description Is In English

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US