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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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Series:

1. Administration, 1982–2002 (bulk 1986–1991)
Volume:4.25 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series consists of advertising, correspondence, and the minutes and notes of meetings of various Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts committees. The majority of the committee minutes and notes are from the Executive Board, the Steering Committee, and the Victory Fund Political Action Committee (VFPAC). Meeting notes, most of which are handwritten, chronicle event planning, involvement in a variety of gay–related current events, and internal operations.

The Victory Fund Political Action Committee oversees the political endorsement process, which began in 1983 and is a significant part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts's activism. Committee members gather data on political candidates' stances on gay issues. This information is collected via surveys, campaign material, and the Candidate's Night event. The Victory Fund Political Action Committee recommends candidates for endorsement, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts members vote to confirm.

Other records include advertisements and a mix of informational brochures and flyers publicizing events and meetings. The bulk of the correspondence relates to the organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts events and includes communications with local political and civic leaders as well as related social justice organizations. Also included are scattered issues of the organization's monthly newsletter and programs, correspondence, and notes from the annual community recognition awards dinner.
BoxTitleDate
1, 10Advertising: Brochures and Flyers (6 folders)n.d., 1983–1996
1AIDS and HIV1987
1, 10Annual Community Recognition Awards Dinner (15 folders)n.d., 1983–1998
1, 10Background Information (2 folders)1985, 1992
1Bay State Banner1983
1Boston Inaugural Activities1992
1, 10Budget (4 folders)1985, 1990–2000
1, 10Bylaws (4 folders)n.d., 1984–1990
1, 10Campaign Finance (2 folders)1990–1998
Committees
1Generaln.d., 1987–1992
1Committee for Family Protection1990–1991
1, 10Executive Board (12 folders)1983–2000
1Finance and Fundraising 1994–1995
1Hate Crimes1992
1Mayor's Committee on Anti–Lesbian and Gay Violence1987
1Public Safety (3 folders)ca. 1987
1, 2, 10Steering Committee (17 folders)1982–2001
2, 3, 10Victory Fund Political Action Committee (35 folders)n.d., 1982–1996
3Contractsca. 1988
3Ed Cook1988
3Correspondence (10 folders)n.d., 1984–1994
3Michael T. Duffy1992
3Effect of Local Mandate Provisionca. 1993
3Raymond Flynn (2 folders)1987, 1993
3Fund Raising (3 folders)1983–1989
3GALA Pride Season 1991
3Don E. Gorton III 1987–1988
3Grants1988
3William Hutchinson1985–1991
3Information Project1991
3Invitations (Received)1987
3David LaFontaine1988
3Letter Writing Campaignsca. 1987
3Ralph Martin1992
3Mayoral Appointments Project1984
3Mediaca. 1987
Meetings
3, 10General (3 folders)1983–1999
3, 10Annual Meetings (8 folders)1986–1998
3Anti–Violence Fund1995
3Quarterly Meetings (3 folders)1986–1994
3, 10Membership (2 folders)n.d., 1988–1990, 1998–2000
3National Gay Task Force 1985
3, 10Newspaper Clippings (4 folders)1992–1998
3, 10Newsletters (11 folders)1982–2001
3, 4, 10Political Candidates Questionnaires (5 folders)1987–1988, 1997–2002
4Political Endorsement Rules and Regulationsca. 1989
4Presidential Election1988
4Press/Publicity1986–1991
4Receptionsca. 1980s, 1991
4Registration, Non–profit (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 68 Compliance)1989
Reports
4Annual Reports (2 folders)1987, 1990, 1993
4Treasurer's Reports (3 folders)1982–1995
4Scondras Coalition1988
4David Scondras1983
4James M. Shannon1987
4Speeches1986–1989
4Standing Voting Rules for Political Endorsementsn.d.
4Tenth Anniversary1992
4Volunteers1987, 1990
4William Weldca. 1990
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2. Activism, 1983–2000 (bulk 1987–1991)
Volume:1.50 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the political actions in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts participated from 1983 to 2000. Particularly well documented are the organization's activities relating to AIDS research and education, and anti–gay violence. The bulk of the material in this series includes correspondence and news clippings relating to organized events. Also included are candidate surveys, campaign materials, and news clippings collected by the Victory Fund Political Action Committee in the course of the political endorsement process.

Because Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts often collaborated with other lesbain, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, there is a great deal of correspondence and material from these organizations, including the AIDS Action Committee, the National Gay Task Force, and Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. There is also material from national events in which the group participated, such as the March on Washington and the Names Project (AIDS Memorial Quilt).
BoxTitleDate
4AIDS and HIV1988
4Anti–Gay Violence (2 folders)1987–1990
4Anti–Violence Project (6 folders)1990–1992
4Anti–Violence Press Conference, 10 Point Plan1990
10Archaic Sex Lawsn.d., 1998–1999
4Robert Bork: Nomination1987
4Boston Fire Department1988
4Boston Heraldca. 1987
4Boston Jacks Raid1992
4Boston Police Department1987, 1992
4Boston Police Department, Internal Affairs Division1992
4Capitol (Mass.) Police1986, 1988
4Candidates Night1986–1991
4Civil Rights Bills1983
4Colin Powell Protest1993
4Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Inaugural Events1990–1991
4Community Networking Breakfast1986
4Community Unity Boston1996
4Coors Boycott1987, 1991
4Demonstration Chantsn.d.
4Department of Defense Authorization Bill 1996
4Discussion Panel on Public Sex1993
4, 10Domestic Partnership (3 folders)n.d., 1989–2000
4Michael S. Dukakisca. 1986
10Equality Begins at Homen.d., 1999
4Family Protection Act (3 folders)1989–1993
4Family Registration Act1993
4 Fight the Right Project1993
4Gay Foster Parents1985–1987
4Gay Civil Rights Bill (4 folders)1985–1989
4Guidelines for Police Conduct1993
4Hate Crimes Bill1987
10Hate Crimes Protection Actn.d.
4Hate Crimes Reporting Act (2 folders)1991
4Hate Crimes Task Force (2 folders)1991
4Health Careca. 1992
4House Parties1988
5Human Rights Ordinance1984
5Impact '931993
5Robert E. Jackson: Legal Committee1980, 1987
5Letters to the Editorca. 1993
5Mapping the Queer Vote : Outlining a Research Program1992
11Marriagen.d., 1997–1999
5Mayoral Appointment Projectn.d.
5Neighborhood Organization Month1983
5Partner Notification Bill1989
5Petitions 91–41 through 91–44 (3 folders)1991
5, 11Political Elections (2 folders)n.d., 1987, 1996–1998
5Presidential Primary Forum1996
5Mickey Roache1985
5Saint Patrick's Day Program1996
5Sex Education1990–1996
5David Souter Campaign1990
5Stocks and Bonds Incident1991
5Town Meeting (5 folders)1987–1988
5Voter Registration (5 folders)1985–1996
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3. Subject Files, 1984–2002 (bulk 1987–1992)
Volume:2.45 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series includes news clippings, brochures, correspondence, and other material related to gay rights in Massachusetts. The news clippings are from local papers, including TAB, Bay Windows, Gay Community News, The Advocate, and The Banner. Also included are correspondence and publicity materials from related local gay and lesbian social justice organizations, such as Dignity Boston (a gay rights organization for Catholics), AIDS Action Committee, Legacy (a gay and lesbian organization for older people), and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. In addition, there are news clippings, brochures, reports, flyers, and other third–party materials relating for example, to the relationships of various Massachusetts and Boston institutions to the gay and lesbian community, AIDS and HIV, domestic partnership, anti–gay violence, and gay youth.
BoxTitleDate
5Accelyne Williams Raid1996
5, 11AIDS Action Committee (2 folders)n.d., 1985, 1987
5AIDS Advisory1988
5AIDS and HIV (3 folders)1986–1991
5AIDS Memorial Quilt (Names Project)1988
5All God's Childrenn.d.
5Anti–Gay Violence (2 folders)1986–1991
5Anti–Gay Violence, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Jeffrey Nelson and Jonathan Millerca. 1986
5Anti–Violence Project1987
5Anti–Violence Project, Boston Police Internal Affairs Study1991
5Black Men's Association1986
5Boston City Elections1987
5Boston City Hall1986
5Boston City Hospital Merger1995
5Boston Fire Department1987–1991
5Boston Gay and Lesbian Population1990–1991
5Boston Gay Men's Chorus1988
5Boston Herald1987
5Boston Mayor's Conference on Human Rights1986
5Boston Mayoral Election1993
5, 11Boston National Organization for Women (NOW) (2 folders)1984, 1987
Boston Police Department
5General1986–1991
5Annual Report1994
5Reports for Areas A–E1987
5Boston Pride (3 folders)1987–1993
5Boston Pride Program Book1985
5Boston Progressive Caucus1986–1987
5Boston Public Schools1996
5Boston Rainbow Coalition1990
11Boston Women's Fund1985
5Buddies Bulletin1989
5Catholic Church (3 folders)1987
5Center for Lesbians and Gay Men (2 folders)1986–1992
5Center for Women's Safety Education, Inc.1987
5Citizens for Safetyca. 1990
5Citizens for Family First1989
5Civil Liberties and Sexual Freedom Controversy1987
5Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights 1990, 1993
5Community Center (proposed – for Lesbians and Gays), Organization of1987–1988
5Condom Distributionn.d.
5Coors Boycott1987
5Cultural Diagnostic of the Massachusetts State Police1996
5Death Penaltyca. 1990
5Democratic State Convention (2 folders)1986–1987
5Dignity Bostonca. 1987
6Domestic Partnership (2 folders)1990–1992
6Dorchester (Mass.)1986
6Michael T. Duffy1991
6Michael S. Dukakis1987–1988, 1991
6Face to Face1986
6Fair Housing Month1986
6Raymond Flynnca. 1988
6Foster Care1986
6, 11Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (3 folders)1986, 1991, 2002
6Gay and Lesbian Anti–Violence Fund1990
6Gay and Lesbian Campaign Committee1986
6Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Law1989
6Gay and Lesbian Counseling Services1986
6Gay and Lesbian Defenders1987
6Gay and Lesbian Defense Committee1986
6Gay and Lesbian Activist Network1995–1996
6Gay and Lesbian Organizations, Generalca. 1993
6Gay and Lesbian Membership; Where Do We Go From Here?1985
6Gay and Lesbian Rights in Massachusetts1990
6Gay and Lesbian Service Centerca. 1990
6Gay Bibliographyn.d.
6Gay Civil Rights and Religion1989
6Gay Civil Rights Referendum1989–1990
6Gay Foster Parents Bill1987–1991
6Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans1989
6Gay Parentsca. 1996
6Gay Rights Bill (3 folders)1986–1989
6Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth (2 folders)1992–1993
6Bette Greene1991
11Harvey Milk Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club1985
6Human Rights Campaign Fund (3 folders)1985–1986, 1991
6Human Rights Commission (2 folders)1985–1986
6Human Rights Rally1985 Jun
6International Conference of Openly Lesbian and Gay Appointed and Elected Officials, 6th Annual1990
6International Lesbian and Gay Health Conference and AIDS Forum, 2nd Annual 1988
6Robert E. Jackson1987
6John F. Collins et all v. Michael J. Connolly, Secretary of the Commonwealth, et al (4 folders)1990
6John F. Kerry1987, 1991
6Mel Kingca. 1983
11League of Women Voters of Boston1985
6Legacy (Organization)ca. 1986
6Lesbian Caucusca. 1990
6Lesbian Rights Projectca. 1990
6Local Events: General1986
6March on Washington1987, 1993
6Massachusetts Comprehensive Model Enforcement and Prevention Program to Combat Hate Crimes and Civil Rights Violations1994 Sept 12
6Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus1986–1991
6Massachusetts Gay Rights Organizations, General1992
6Massachusetts Legislation1994–1995
6Massachusetts Petitions 91–41 through 91–44 (2 folders)1991
6Massachusetts Politics (7 folders)1983–1992
6Massachusetts State Elections1986
6Massachusetts State House1986
11Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus1984–1985
6Metropolitan Community Church of Boston1986
6Military (United States)1992–1993
6National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs (2 folders)1986
6National Directory of Gay Community Centers1996
11National Gay and Lesbian Task Force1988, 1998–1999
6National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Violence Projectca. 1986
6New England Community Guide for Gay Men and Lesbians1990
7New England Pride Guide1993
7News Clippings: Generalca. 1986
7Nun Book Controversyca. 1986
7Out Youth Boston1993
7Outreach, Gay and Lesbian Organizations1987
7Police Practices Coalition1996
7Police Recruitment of Gaysca. 1987
7Pride Celebrations, Inc.1986
7Pride March1987
7Pro–choice1989
7Progressive Coalitionca. 1987
7Queer Nation1991
7Safe Schools Program (2 folders)1993–1994
7Safer Sex Brochure Controversy1987
7Rosaria Salerno1987
7David Scondras1991
7Sexual Minority Youth1987–1991
7Sodomy Laws1986–1990
7South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade1992
7Speaking for Ourselves1986
11Stonewall Democratic Club1985
7Gary E. Studds1988
7United States Congressional Delegation1987
7United States Supreme Court1987–1988
7Transgenderca. 1995
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4. Photographs, 1983–2000 (bulk 1984–1990)
Volume:0.40 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series comprises color and black and white photographs of speakers, such as David Scondras and Mel King, and events, such as Candidate's Night, political endorsement meetings, the AIDS Quilt (also called the Names Project), parades, and rallies.
BoxTitleDate
Events
7, 11General (2 folders)n.d., ca.1984–1992
8AIDS Quilt (Names Project), Washington D.C.1988
8Candidates Nightca. 1984
8Endorsement Meeting1993
8, 11Parades and Rallies (2 folders)1983–1990, 2000
8Gay Voteca. 1985
8Group Pictures: General Membership1984–1990
Individuals
7George Bachrach1990
8, 11Identified (2 folders)n.d. 1984–1990
8Mel King1983
8Rosemary Kuropat1990
8Jean McGuire1990
8David Scondras1984, 1990–1993
8Speakers1984–1990
8Unidentifiedn.d.
8Negatives and Slides1984–1985
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5. Memorabilia, 1986–1994, ca. 1995
Volume:0.70 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series consists of memorabilia related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance and the causes for which it has worked. Materials consist of decorative pins, a commendation from Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and posters advertising events and community resources. The series also includes three cotton t–shirts, one from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts's Impact '93 campaign, one from 1995 that has Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts emblazoned on the front, and a third undated shirt with the words The Alliance prominently displayed.
BoxTitleDate
9Impact '931993
9, 12Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts (4 folders)n.d., 1986–1994, ca.1995
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