One of the reasons I entered this race was because I believe the district deserves a representative who will fight for every single member of our community. I saw our representative propose legislation to ban gay marriage, and on numerous occasions back constitutional amendments against the rights of LGBTQ+ people. This is completely unacceptable. Massachusetts has made incredible progress towards LGBTQ+ equality, and it is vital that the 12th Norfolk District has a representative that will defend the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
As your State Representative, I will…
1. Be the first representative for the 12th Norfolk District that will stand up in support of gay marriage, and for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ people.
LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, and should not be up for debate. We cannot make any progress in achieving LGBTQ+ equality without first addressing those Representatives who want to strip the LGBTQ+ community of one of the most basic rights, the right to marry whomever they choose. Marriage equality has been enshrined in law both in the Commonwealth and nationally for years, and I will be the first State Representative of the 12th Norfolk District to fight for the LGBTQ+ community.
2. Support comprehensive sex education which includes LGBTQ+ students.
I fully support the Healthy Youth Act, which will require that sex education be factually correct and LGBTQ+ inclusive. Studies by the University of Pittsburgh have shown that LGBTQ+ students who are exposed to LGBTQ+ relevant material show lower rates of depression, reduction in risky sexual behaviors, and less reports of bullying. It is crucial to the development of our youth that they are exposed to scientifically correct, safe, and inclusive sex education.
3. Fund mental health resources for LGBTQ+ youth.
Young members of the LGB community are 3-5 times more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience depression or to have suicidal thoughts, and over half of these LGB youth have contemplated suicide. Our legislature must act immediately to ensure that LGBTQ+ young people have access to ample mental health resources which are inclusive and readily available across the Commonwealth.