The LGBT measurement
When Mayor Tom Menino—friend, advocate, warrior for the LGBT community—announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term as mayor, a shudder went through the LGBT community. Would it be possible to replace the most pro-gay Mayor in the country with a successor who would forward his mission?
Luckily, the work Menino and activists have done over the past twenty plus years has paid off. Almost all of the candidates for mayor of Boston are advocates for LGBT rights, both nationally and locally. Bay Window formulated a list of questions and policy points that each candidate had to meet in order to pass "The Menino Standard."
Almost all of the candidates are clearly and firmly in agreement with The Menino Standard. Issues like the having the BAGLY prom at City Hall, needle exchange, condoms distribution in school, marching in the Pride Parade—and allowing uniformed Boston Police officers to march—seems to be settled policy for this group of candidates.
Interestingly, many cited the issues of LGBT youth, seniors and bullying as priorities for their administration, but the problem of LGBT unaccompanied homeless youth did appear to be an issue that was top of mind.
The Bay Windows Voters’ Guide presents some of the answers the candidates provided to these questions about their efforts on behalf of the LGBT community in the past, and their plans for the future.