About

Mission

LexPride's mission is to develop community and advance full equality for LGBTQIA+ people and their families and allies in Lexington, Massachusetts.

We know that LGBTQIA+ identities span all demographics, such as race/ethnicity, faith, abilities, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Further, as Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently stated, we believe that "no one is free until we are all free." We therefore support efforts to foster equality for all people.

Strategy

LexPride takes a multi-pronged approach to achieving our mission. In particular, we:

  • Provide social opportunities for LGBTQIA+ and their families and allies.
  • Work with school, municipal, and community groups to expand use of evidence-based inclusive practices to build a positive environment in which all can thrive.
  • Host forums, film screenings, and other events to educate and entertain the larger community.
  • Develop alliances and cosponsorship opportunities with other social justice groups and allies.
  • Lead initiatives to defend civil rights and increase awareness of social justice issues.

Our Team

LexPride is a flat organization in which any member can participate at any level. Our adult leadership team maintains communications with the full group and coordinates events and initiatives with members. Our youth leadership team provides insights into youth and young adult needs and helps us coordinate with those audiences.

Accomplishments

2018

  • Member of Lexington Community Coalition: Steering Committee, Mental Health Subcommittee, Welcome Coffees, other events and initiatives
  • Founding member and co-chair of School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) LGBTQIA+ Task Force
  • Member of new Lexington Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Liaison to Lexington Human Rights Committee
  • Training Active Bystander sessions at Cary Library
  • Gender Revolution: film screening and panel discussion
  • Lexington Says Enough events (cosponsor/speaker)
  • Discovery Day table
  • Cosponsor and table at SEPAC fair for families of children with learning differences
  • Spirituality and Mental Health event table
  • Monthly socials
  • Lexington PFLAG parent/family support group (monthly)
  • LYFS LGBTQ+ youth drop-in space (weekly during academic year)
  • Lexington Pride Celebration
  • #YesOn3 campaign
  • Open To All campaign

2017

  • Member of Lexington Community Coalition: Steering Committee, Mental Health Subcommittee, Welcome Coffees, other events and initiatives
  • Liaison to Lexington Human Rights Committee
  • Lexington Pride Celebration
  • Community forum on gender identity
  • The Year We Thought About Love: film screening and panel discussion
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Training Active Bystander sessions at Cary Library
 
 
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LexPride Co-Chair Valerie Overton (she/her)

Speaks at a Lexington Says #Enough event to work towards preventing gun violence.

 
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Grace (she/her)

Speaks at a luncheon for female political activists.