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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, or 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 made sure that everyone at the bar voted for Judy Flanagan Kennedy for Mayor. She won by 27 votes despite her name was not even on the ballot.

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Activism is a lived experience.

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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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I don't believe in political activism.

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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'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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Youth homelessness, especially queer youth.

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First, amplify your voice.

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Impassioned about transgender lives, I started a church.

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

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And then AIDS just completely blew up.

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I worked for marriage eqality.

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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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I wanted the same freedoms men had.

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Always give back, pay forward.

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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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Stonewall was a door opening.

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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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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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My girlfriend and I attended an AIDS march.

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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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We have to keep the wider view.

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North Shore Gay Alliance.

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5,000 people and a party at City Hall.

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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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Mattachine Society

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