An Open Letter To Fellow LGBT (and progressive) voters on Dan Conley
There are good candidates in the race for mayor, many of whom have been allies of the LGBT community. Nonetheless, only Dan Conley delivers ALL the qualities needed to lead this great city.
Today, Dan directs one of the largest, most progressive District Attorney’s offices in the country. That’s a budget of almost $17 million and staff of 275. What’s more, he knows Boston as a native son, a city councilor and a father. He and his wife, Tricia, have raised two children here, bouncing from hockey games to neighborhood barbecues to school meetings.
And while Boston has fared better than most, we can still do so much more, which is why Dan is focused on jobs, education reform and expanding the middle class so that every city resident has opportunity, hope and mobility.
Finally, for those of us who care deeply about LGBT equality, Dan has been there over and over again:
- In 1996, Dan cast the deciding vote on the City Council to extend benefits to same-sex partners of city workers.
- Dan publicly supported the landmark Goodridge case BEFORE the SJC decision.
- He appointed the first LGBT liaison in the history of the Suffolk DA’s Office.
- Dan has repeatedly advocated for transgender rights, including adding gender identity and expression in the state’s civil rights and hate crimes laws.
- Dan testified in support of clean needle exchange, delivering an important law enforcement endorsement to the state legislature on this critical HIV/AIDS measure.
- Dan has expanded services and given voice to victims of same-sex domestic violence and hate crimes, encouraging “community impact statements” in sentencing.
Proven leadership, progressive values, nuts-and-bolts know-how. That’s Dan Conley and that’s why we believe he has both the qualities AND experience to lead the best city on earth.
Elizabeth A. Roberts
Sally E. Ganem
Jonathan P. Parkes