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Name of Creator:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts.
Title:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts records
Date:1982–2002
Reference Code:M91
Location Code:55/4, 56/3, 64/4
Extent:9.30 cubic ft. (12 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance of Massachusetts (LGBTPAM) document the organization's activities within Boston and Massachusetts to achieve social and political justice for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities. The records focus on the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Dorchester, and the South End and document the work of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts on a range of issues, including AIDS research and education, sex education, domestic partnership, anti–gay violence and discrimination, and gay parenthood.
Historical Abstract:Founded as the Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Greater Boston (LGPAGB) in 1982, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts (LGBTPAM) is a political advocacy organization for gay and lesbian rights. The group has pursued causes relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, such as funding for AIDS research and education, anti–discrimination legislation, legalization of same–sex unions, and the elimination of anti–gay violence. The founders of the organization hoped to increase the gay community's involvement in Boston's political process. Originally concentrating on Greater Boston, the Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Greater Boston later expanded to 18 towns. In 1994, the Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Greater Boston became a state–wide organization, changing its name to the Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts (LGPAM). The group voted to include bisexuals and the transgendered in 1999, becoming the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts.
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System of Arrangement:Arranged into 5 series: 1. Administration; 2. Activism; 3. Subject Files; 4. Photographs; and 5. Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Greater Boston
  • Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts

  • AIDS Activists
  • AIDS (Disease) –– Laws and legislation –– Massachusetts
  • AIDS (Disease) –– Political aspects –– Massachusetts
  • AIDS (Disease) –– Social aspects –– Massachusetts
  • Bisexual youth –– Massachusetts
  • Bisexuals –– Civil rights –– Massachusetts
  • Boston (Mass.) –– Social Conditions
  • Discrimination in law enforcement –– United States
  • Dorchester (Mass.) –– Social Conditions
  • Gay activists –– Massachusetts
  • Gay liberation movement –– Massachusetts
  • Gay men –– Crimes against –– Massachusetts
  • Gay parents –– Massachusetts
  • Gay police –– Massachusetts
  • Gay rights –– Massachusetts
  • Gay youth –– Massachusetts
  • Gays –– Legal status, laws, etc –– Massachusetts
  • Gays –– Medical care –– Massachusetts
  • Health care reform –– United States
  • Homosexuality –– Religious aspects –– Catholic Church
  • Jamaica Plain (Mass.) –– Social Conditions
  • Lesbian activists –– Massachusetts
  • Lesbian youth –– Massachusetts
  • Lesbians –– Crimes against –– Massachusetts
  • Roxbury (Mass.) –– Social Conditions
  • Same–sex marriage –– Massachusetts
  • Transgender people –– Massachusetts
  • West Roxbury (Mass.) –– Social Conditions

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr, October 2003; updated by Cynthia Rufo, April 2008; updated by Caitlin Birch, June 2013