Mass. Congressional Delegation (-1): It Gets Better!


The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, minus one member, has a message for LGBT teens: It Gets Better!

The person missing from the above video is Republican Senator Scott Brown, and his absence is causing quite a stir.

Indeed, Brown’s been getting a lot of heat over skipping the video, with spokesperson Colin Reed feeling the need to make the following, rather abstract, statement to The Boston Globe:  ”Scott Brown has a strong record at the state and federal level against bullying and believes that all people regardless of sexual orientation should be treated with dignity and respect. His main focus right now is on creating jobs and getting our economy back on track.”

Scott Brown is a notable moderate among his party, at least on social issues, and in fact he was one of only a handful of Republican legislators who supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Brown doesn’t support marriage equality but on every other issue seems at least prepared to consider equality legislation.

Brown has of course faced a challenging climate of late, with certain members of the Republican party that worked to get him elected voicing their consternation at his more centrist views and vowing to defeat him come re-election. Given that no currently seated Republican has yet recorded an “It Gets Better” video, one can perhaps see how, for Brown at least, this step away from party ranks may not have looked attractive.

The Scott Brown tempest in a teacup isn’t really worth much comment more than he didn’t choose to participate — draw conclusions as you want.

The greater story here, however, is that while the Massachusetts Delegation has been busy recording this video (and a fine message it is) Massachusetts state legislators are still dithering on whether to extend basic nondiscrimination protections to cover gender identity and gender expression. The Transgender Equal Rights Act would place gender identity and expression alongside other protected classes like sexual orientation, sex and race, and ban discrimination in areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit. You will forgive me for shoehorning this mention in, but while the GOP and the Democrats continue to squabble about Scott Brown’s lack of a cameo, I’d prefer we focus on something important. Read more about that Transgender Equality Act here.

Related Reading:
Gay Mass. Teens More Likely to Be Homeless
VHA Issues New Directive on Trans and Intersex Veteran Health Care
Portland Adopts Trans-Inclusive Health Care Benefits

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

I wish more Republicans had the courage to come out, do the right thing, and support equality.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M6 years ago

Allan Y: I'm not sure what your point was in posing the question: "Do you have any idea how many states passes gay rights bills who have Republican control of at least one House?", other than to remind Derp H that not every single [R] is a homophobe. And with that reminder, I would agree. But that is not what you said. Instead, what you said gives the impression that [R]s in general are supportive of gay rights. And that, my deluded friend, is NOT CORRECT. Do you take issue with the FACT that YOUR [R] politicians take the political lead in the anti-gay political agendas?

And by the way, why WOULDN'T Brown want to share a video with John Kerry? You need to take YOUR OWN advice: "Pleas do not post from ignorance."

After dealing day-in and day-out with all the Teatards and reality-challenged loonys that comprise his [R] House colleagues, appearing with John Kerry would have to be a personal breath of fresh air.

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

Derp H: Do you have any idea how many states passes gay rights bills who have Republican control of at least one House? Pleas do not post from ignorance.

Why would Scott Brown want to share a video with John Kerry? If he chooses to make one, I'm sure he would want to do it alone.

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

I agree with Vicky L.

Vicky Locke
Vicky Locke6 years ago

Let's focus on the positive aspects of this video and post. Right on, Mass. delegation, for supporting ALL people!

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

As nice as this is, I' rather all elected to Congress work around the clock to solve our current situation with the debt ceiling and creating jobs.

Beth M.
Beth M6 years ago

Brown should have been in it. You are elected to serve ALL people, not just certain groups.

KARLOLINA G6 years ago

People should move on and spread the video.

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

It will take many more vetted Democrates in the Senate to get true equal protects for same sex marriage.

Hayley Zacheis
Hayley Zacheis6 years ago

If Mr. Brown decides to be left behind, while the rest of the Massachusetts delegation moves forward, that's his problem. In years to come, he'll see his mistake. But at least he supported the repeal of DADT - finally, a Republican politician who is not a total moron!