Public Event

Equality & Equity

Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts


May 24, 2018

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington Street, 3rd floor Boston, MA


Please join us for a special gathering of civic, community, and business leaders, as we release a new report and consider the state of the LGBT community in Massachusetts. During the event, new data will be shared, lived experiences will be highlighted, and space will be created to discuss ideas for action. 

The report authored by Boston Indicators and the Fenway Institute features new research about our state's LGBT community, drawing on public data, findings from existing research and key insights from interviews and listening sessions. Following a presentation of the report's findings, we will have a series of discussions on the inequities facing today's diverse LGBT community and ways to address them and other challenges going forward.


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Paul S. GroganPresident & CEO, The Boston Foundation


Presentation of Report Findings

Sean CahillDirector of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute
Anise Vance
Senior Manager of Research in Race & Equity, Boston Indicators Project, The Boston Foundation


Bringing the Data to Life

Sean CahillDirector of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute, Moderator
Mason Dunn
Executive Director, Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition
Paul Glass
Co-Chair, LGBT Elders of Color
Grace Sterling Stowell
Executive Director, BAGLY


From Data to Action

Stephen ChanVice President of Strategy & Operations, The Boston Foundation, Moderator
Kevin Cranston, Assistant Commissioner, Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, MA Department of Public Health
Marty MartinezChief of Health & Human Services, City of Boston
Scott E. Squillace, Esq.Co-Chair, Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation;  Principal & Founder, Squillace & Associates, P.C.
Janson WuExecutive Director, GLAD
Karen YoungVice President & Chief Inclusion Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care


For additional information or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at