LGBTQ Veterans Panel Discussion

Every year, the Boston community gathers to discuss issues impacting the queer community. Previous year’s topics have included queer immigration, the 2016 election, transgender rights, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This year, Boston Pride is grateful to be able to continue the tradition with a virtual panel on LGBT veterans, a particularly relevant focus in light of the current administration’s attacks on queer, especially trans, people in the armed forces.

Upon exiting the military, veterans often experience difficulties accessing much-needed services. These challenges are exacerbated for veterans who are members of marginalized groups, such as racial, sexual orientation, and gender identity minorities. The panelists will address these issues and more at this virtual event scheduled for June 8, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

The panel will be moderated by Sue O’Connell. Panelists include Robert Santiago (Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Services), Deborah Drew (Board Member, Boston Pride), Hanna Tripp (Veterans Caseworker, Office of Congressman Seth Moulton), and Father Alex Oneto (Pastor, St Frances X. Cabrini Mission). Time permitting, participants will have an opportunity to engage with the panelists.

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Monday, June 8

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Last year, community members gathered to hear keynote speaker Sarah McBride and local transgender activists speak about the importance of protecting transgender rights in places of public accommodation.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who served as the Obama administration’s primary liaison to the LGBTQ community, addresses attendees at the 2019 Community Forum commemorating Stonewall 50. Credit: Ally Schmaling.

Community members gather in Faneuil Hall and listen to 2019 panelists discuss the history and importance of the Pride movement. Credit: Ally Schmaling.