Charles E. Clemons Jr.
Clemons is the only candidate interviewed (David James Wyatt did not return calls or emails requesting an interview or platform information) who does not state unequivocally that he supports marriage equality. He also expressed a desire to think more on issues of trans-rights, but) based on the information provided to him during the interview) supported the passed and proposed legislation. Clemons voiced some concern about condom distribution in school, noting it was an issue that should stay with the family.
Walczak has been an advocate of LGBT rights as early at the 1970s, and has supported policies and legislation (like domestic partnership benefits, outreach in hiring) over the past forty years. He was a "CEO for Marriage" during the marriage debate, and was a vocal and visible supporter in the effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Walczak cites the continued effort to eliminate discrimination and bullying as priorities.
Yancey is a long time supporter of LGBT equality, voting in favor of domestic partner benefits for city employees back 1996. He also supported the city ordinance protecting transgender individuals.
He has observed the National Day of Silence by visiting high schools.
Consalvo worked closely with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and has a full grasp of issues affecting the LGBT community. Consalvo envisions the LGBT liaison position as a hub to connect the community with other services, like elder issues. He supported city ordinance protecting the rights of transgender
Charlotte Golar Richie
As a State Representative during the debate of marriage equality, Golar Richie was solidly a supporter and advocate. She cites continued work on the elimination of hate crimes, bullying, destigmatizing HIV, and healthcare as priority issues.
Ross, who has a lesbian parent, has been advocating for LGBT issues. He has held hearings and issued reports on the needs of LGBT seniors and youth. Ross believes the LGBT liaison position should coordinate with all other city departments to better serve the community.
Walsh worked behind the scenes in 2007 to help defeat the constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage. His voting record shows a strong supporter of LGBT rights. He has marched in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade, citing "tradition", but says he would "demand" organizers include LGBT groups.
Connolly has long been and LGBT rights supporter as a city councilor, but prior to his election he was the lawyer for Pride Lights. He also filed legislation to bring the Gay Games to Boston and cosponsoring a 2010 resolution supporting a State House bill that would bar discrimination and hate crimes against transgender people. H He would like to see one LGBT liaison dedicated to interacting with all other city departments. Connolly marched in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade but vowed to never march again after his staff told him it was "the one day a year we are ashamed to work with you."
Felix G. Arroyo
Arroyo has demonstrated a deep understanding and commitment to LGB youth, and transgender youth and adults. Arroyo sponsored the 2011 state bill protecting transgender people against discrimination. He has also reliably called on the organizers of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade to include LGBT groups.
David James Wyatt
Did not respond to requests for an interview
Conley has been around long enough to have voted on the cutting edge home rule giving domestic partnership benefits to city employees back in 1996. Vows to be "ever vigilant" as mayor to ensure that issues of discrimination and violence against the LGBT are prevented or those who commit them caught and punished.
Barros has a history of working with LGBT youth of color, and has worked closely with friends, family and colleagues who are LGBT. He cites continued work with youth, HIV awareness and prevention, and expanding the public schools’ Gay-Straight Alliances.