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Title:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts records
Dates:1982–2002
Call Number:M91

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts (LGBTPAM) records document the organization's activism within Massachusetts and Boston for achieving social and political justice for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities, on a range of issues, including political representation, AIDS research and education, domestic partnership, anti–gay violence and discrimination, gay parenthood, and gay marriage. The records focus on the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Dorchester, and the South End. Also documented within the collection are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts's responsive actions to specific incidents, including the Boston Police Department's raid on a gay safe sex party (the Boston Jacks Raid), a campaign to rescind the 1980 termination of gay firefighter Robert E. (Bob) Jackson, and an effort to derail the Supreme Court appointment of ultra–conservative judicial nominee Robert Bork.

As part of the process for endorsing political candidates, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts collected newspaper clippings and campaign literature showing the viewpoints of politicians on gay issues, including those of Michael Dukakis, Raymond Flynn, and John F. Kerry. There is also material showing collaborations and communications with related social justice organizations, such as the Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus, AIDS Action Committee, and the National Gay Task Force.