By: Audrey Cole/TRT Reporter—
SALEM, Mass.—Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has been selected to receive the 2019 LGBTQ All-Star Award introduced by The Rainbow Times, in line with the publication’s administration.
“I am so grateful to The Rainbow Times for this distinction and would like to thank their staff for their own advocacy and dedication to equal rights and an inclusive, welcoming community,” stated Mayor Driscoll to the LGBTQ award-winning publication.
The editor of the monthly publication, Nicole Lashomb, praised Driscoll’s LGBTQ advocacy by way of the years.
“Mayor Driscoll has been relentless in her support and advocacy work for and on behalf of LGBTQ residents in the city of Salem and beyond to ensure there is the equality for all of our community, even lending her own voice to uplift it,” stated Lashomb, who can also be The Rainbow Times’ co-founder. “We are thrilled to present her with this year’s LGBTQ All-Star Award.”
In typical “Driscoll style,” the Mayor praised Salem’s success and triumphs to a collective effort, not simply her doing.
“Our efforts in Salem have been a team effort and includes many volunteers, City staff and officials, and other partners,” she stated. “I’m so proud that The Rainbow Times is one of those partners, advancing this important work for our city and for our Commonwealth.”
Based on Lashomb, Driscoll was selected from a pool of nominees, put forth by the employees of The Rainbow Times. By unanimous vote, Driscoll was selected as the recipient, she defined.
“The mayor has advocated for all members of the LGBTQ community, including those most vulnerable and often left without a voice,” stated Lashomb. “Her visible and public support of Yes on 3 to uphold transgender public accommodations protections, for example, is evidence of that. We don’t only look for allies of the LGBTQ community to recognize but specifically, we seek out those who publicly voice support of it. The mayor has done that in countless ways.”
The publication’s leadership, out of their 2nd office in Salem, Mass., has witnessed first hand the dedication and impression the Mayor has had on group members.
“Mayor Driscoll has unequivocally shown her presence and support of—literally and symbolically—the LGBTQ community, its youth, etc., and her leadership extends nationally when we can all see the city’s perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index scorecard, several years in a row now,” stated Graysen M. Ocasio, Publisher of The Rainbow Times and Co-ED of Challenge Out (a transgender providers non-profit group). “The city’s perfect score does not only reflect 100 percent in terms of sexual orientation but also as it relates to gender identity. In the area of ‘inclusive workplace,’ Salem scored even higher than Boston, whose score reflects a 100 because of the bonuses added. Salem’s 100 is a perfect 100 ‘without’ the added bonuses, meeting all criteria for Municipal LGBTQ inclusion right from the start. This is a direct reflection of the Mayor’s leadership.”
First elected to office in 2006, Driscoll has an extended historical past of supporting the LGBTQ group.
The award might be introduced to Driscoll on June 21 at The Rainbow Times’ Annual Satisfaction Kick-off Benefit Cruise, launching from Pickering Wharf in Salem, Mass.
The record under details what the inclusive Mayor has executed by means of the years, since taking workplace, to advance LGBTQ equality:
November 2006: Establishes the first variety committee referred to as the Salem No Place for Hate Committee by way of the Anti-Defamation League to combat discrimination
July 2010: Welcomes the first North Shore Elder Providers-sponsored ‘Over the Rainbow Coalition’ gathering for LGBT seniors and allies at Salem Willows. The Coalition now meets for month-to-month dinners on the Home of the Seven Gables in Salem
December 2011: Driscoll becomes first Salem Mayor to acknowledge World AIDS Day by mayoral proclamation
June 2012: Driscoll becomes first Salem Mayor to boost LGBT delight flags above Salem City Hall and Riley Plaza in recognition of LGBT Satisfaction Month
June 2012: Driscoll recognizes native LGBT activist and drag queen Gary “Gigi” Gill because the official “Queen” of Salem with a mayoral quotation for his work on behalf of the LGBT group
June 2012: Driscoll turns into first Salem Mayor to declare “North Shore Pride Day” by mayoral proclamation together with the Metropolis Council’s passage of the primary resolution recognizing and supporting the North Shore Delight Parade & Pageant
June 2012: Salem hosts inaugural North Shore Delight Parade & Pageant; officers from North Shore communities be a part of in the parade
January 2013: Driscoll submits a letter of help for the Worldwide Imperial Courtroom’s nationwide marketing campaign to foyer the U.S. Postal Service for a commemorative stamp honoring LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk
March 2013: Driscoll raises the delight flag above Salem Metropolis Hall and modifications her Fb profile to the Human Rights Campaign pink and pink equality emblem in solidarity with the LGBT group because the Proposition eight and DOMA instances are argued earlier than the U.S. Supreme Courtroom
April 2013: Driscoll signs on to the nationwide “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” coalition in help of marriage equality
June 2013: Driscoll and metropolis officers host the inaugural LGBT Satisfaction Flag Elevating Ceremony to kick-off LGBT satisfaction month at Riley Plaza
June 2013: Driscoll and the Salem Police Chief designate the first LGBT group liaisons in each the Mayor’s Office and Salem Police Division
September 2013: Driscoll acknowledges the North Shore Alliance for LGBT Youth (nAGLY) with a mayoral citation at their annual Gala for their help of Salem and the North Shore’s LGBT youth
October 2013: Boston Spirit journal recognizes Mayor’s Workplace LGBT Liaison Kristian Hoysradt as certainly one of “Salem’s Magic Makers”
October 2013: City officials acknowledge drag performer, recording artist and LGBT activist Sharon Needles and LGBT promotional occasions group Go Out Loud at their ‘Scream Out Loud’ Halloween occasion with citations for their work on behalf of the LGBT group
November 2013: Driscoll turns into first Salem Mayor to attend the Human Rights Campaign’s New England Gala
January 2014: Driscoll receives the primary annual Group Management Award for her LGBT advocacy from the Tiffany Club of New England at their First Event Transgender Convention
February 2014: Driscoll introduces transgender-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance before the Salem City Council
March 2014: City Council unanimously passes and Driscoll indicators Salem’s non-discrimination ordinance, making Salem only the fifth group in Massachusetts to extend protections towards discrimination to the transgender group in public lodging
April 2014: Boston Spirit magazine options Driscoll as outstanding LGBT ally
June 2014: Because of the efforts of Gary “Gigi” Gill, metropolis officers and the Salem Postmaster unveil the U.S. Postal Service’s commemorative Harvey Milk Endlessly Stamp at the Salem Publish Workplace the place it should hold permanently in honor of the Milk’s legacy and the LGBT group
June 2014: Driscoll submits a letter of help for the Worldwide Imperial Courtroom’s nationwide campaign to foyer the U.S. Postal Service for a commemorative stamp honoring LGBT civil rights chief Bayard Rustin
June 2014: Salem achieves an ideal rating on the Human Rights Marketing campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index for the Metropolis’s LGBT- inclusive laws, insurance policies, and practices, becoming a member of Boston and Cambridge as the one Massachusetts communities to succeed in 100%
July 2014: Driscoll terminates administration contract of Previous City Corridor with Gordon School because of the school’s anti-LGBT advocacy and campus insurance policies
July 2014: Driscoll launches a marketing campaign that garners national consideration and raises over $12,000 for the North Shore Alliance of LGBT Youth (nAGLY) in response to anti-LGBT backlash from the City’s determination to terminate its contract with Gordon School.
2015 – Present:
- Membership in Mayors for the liberty
- Membership in towards LGBTQ Discrimination
- Joined US Supreme Courtroom Amicus temporary with other Mayors on Masterpiece Cakeshop case
- The City of Salem is now required to submit info to the annual Municipal Equality Index where since 2015 it has acquired a perfect rating of 100 pts
- June 2016 – Mayor Driscoll participates & helps the vigil for the LGBTQ group and people who misplaced their lives through the Pulse Night time Membership capturing
- August 2016 – Mayor Driscoll is featured on the duvet of The Rainbow Times Newspaper as an LGBTQ Champion
- August 2016 – The Rainbow Times’ newspaper field explodes in downtown Salem (after several other bins have been vandalized), suspected to be a hate crime – Mayor Driscoll immediately condemns the act; rallies companies and neighbors to battle towards it; supports citywide initiative to affirm Salem’s LGBTQ group; stands in solidarity with The Rainbow Times
- October 2017 – The Rainbow Times Newspaper presents a serious endorsement of Mayor Driscoll for re-election
- 2018 – Mayor Driscoll’s management of Massachusetts Mayors for Freedom (YesOn3)
- June 2018 – The Annual Satisfaction Flag Raising Ceremony included the raising of 6 Transgender Flag as nicely, in solidarity of Sure On 3 an initiative to uphold transgender protections in public areas.
- April 2019 – Mayor Driscoll for the primary time ever flies the Transgender flag at Salem Metropolis Corridor in help of Transgender Day of Visibility
- June 2019 – For the second yr in a row a Transgender flag is raised in the course of the annual Delight Flag Elevating Ceremony