Bay Windows Endorsement: Mike Kelley for District 2 City Council

Source: Bay Windows–

During the last Boston City Council race two years ago, the future and progress for LGBTQ citizens seemed bright, secure and full of rainbows.

Today, LGBTQ citizens are under constant attack by the President Donald J. Trump administration.

The opportunity to elect a highly qualified, experienced, openly gay candidate to the Boston City Council is here, now.

In the mid-1990s, Michael Kelley applied to the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) first Youth College for Campaign Training.  HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. HRC sent Kelley to work on President Bill Clinton’s Whistle Stop Tour in Royal Oak Michigan.

Kelley went on to serve as former Mayor Tom Menino’s South End and Bay Village Neighborhood Coordinator and as the Liaison to the LGBT Community.

We’ve learned that our LGBTQ progress in Boston is not secure. This year’s exclusion of LGBT marching groups from the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade—after the prior year’s inclusion—reminds us that the fight for our civil rights is not over.

Michael Kelley has served Boston for decades, and has a thoughtful, nuanced, and community-centered approach to problem-solving.

Bay Windows enthusiastically endorses Mike Kelley as City Councillor for District 2, which includes South Boston, South End, Bay Village, and Chinatown.