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Activism and Politics

Political activism was central to Lynn’s LGBTQ+ history. Lynners joined and took leadership roles in groups such as the Homophile Union of Boston, the North Shore Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Lynn Side Out, the Lynn English Gay Straight Alliance, Arts After Hours, Queer Lynn Scene and United Lynn Pride. Others attended protests in Lynn, Boston and Washington and supported LGBTQ+ candidates such as Elaine Noble, David Scondras, Coco Alinsug and Maura Healey. They supported issues such as the Gay Bill of Rights, Marriage Equality and Trans rights. They also held power at the ballot box. After the city rolled back bar closing times, Fran’s Place and 47 Central encouraged their patrons to vote for Judy Flanagan Kennedy for mayor. She opposed the rollback and won in a historic write-in campaign by 27 votes.

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Treat people how you want to be treated.

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Always give back, pay forward.

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Equity and giving the working class guy a chance.

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I joined the Gay Straight Alliance.

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My family used to own the number one anti-Marcos newspaper.

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I'm a staff of the president.

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Paige taught me about advocacy and HIV.

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Stonewall was a door opening.

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I was was involved in forming the union at Salem State.

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We did fundraisers for the police.

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Learning community organizing.

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I educated myself a lot in terms of social justice issues

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I give back to Lynn whenever I can.

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I learned about justice, equity, diversity, and exclusion.

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We were afire with feminism.

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A union contract protections for LGBT people.

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I protested with ACT UP.

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We're talking about humans here.

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Youth homelessness, especially queer youth.

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I sang in the Night of 100 Stars .

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It's okay for you to be you.

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You are opening doors for others to follow.

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Having life experience helps when helping others.

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Trump wiped out the whole LGBT division.

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We need to start banding together again.

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We have to keep the wider view.

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And then AIDS just completely blew up.

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North Shore Gay Alliance.

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Lynn parents organizing for a better education.

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Gordon College wanted to not hire LGBTQ+ people.

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The arc of history bends toward justice.

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Don't take privileges for granted.

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I stand for social justice.

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So much work needs to be done.

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Come together and fight as a community.

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We did fundraisers for Councilor Hong Net.

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Mattachine Society

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Activism is a lived experience.

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We did benefits for AIDS, cancer and hospitals.

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It's given me a wider global perspective.

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My mother stood up to bussing bullies.

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I was radicalized by the Unitarian Universalist church.

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We became active in Strongest Link.

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I don't believe in political activism.

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My queerness is inherently political.

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Starting the Gay Straight Alliance at Lynn English.

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Stonewall looked like fun to me.

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I wanted to make a difference that mattered.

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A community of faith that is part of the neighborhood.

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I wanted to make change.

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I'm passionate about LGBTQ work.

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Mayor Judy lost because the bar was closed.

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No political awareness. I was high, having sex.

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We signed petitions at Boston Pride.

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My girlfriend and I attended an AIDS march.

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Keep dreaming big and life will be good.

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First, amplify your voice.

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Impassioned about transgender lives, I started a church.

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You have to have a positive outlook.

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Marriage equality is at risk of going backwards.

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When we confine ourselves to our own issues we are diminished.

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Don't take your rights for granted.

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We need more activism.

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Understanding LGBT history is essential.

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I worked for marriage eqality.

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5,000 people and a party at City Hall.

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I'm nervous about the future.

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The country is heading down a dark path.

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Frankly, the whole country is at risk.

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The bars were a place to organize.

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Stand up, keep going.

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Lynn needs to be more inclusive.

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I want to be hopeful.

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I wanted the same freedoms men had.

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