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LGBTQ+ Commission

People talking about GLBT issues in Cambridge The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) Commission’s mission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission also promotes policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare and safety of persons who live, visit or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

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What is the mission of the LGBTQ+ (formerly the GLBT) Commission?

The mission of the Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

What is the history of the LGBTQ+ (formerly GLBT) Commission?

In February 2004, a citywide GLBT Town Hall meeting was held in the Senior Center at which a number of issues affecting GLBT people were raised. Subsequently the Cambridge City Council adopted the order below on February 23, 2004 for the formation of a Commission. A second GLBT Town Hall meeting was held in October 2008. See above for information on this meeting.

ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to appoint a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Commission to take up the recommendations that came out of the GLBT meeting of February 4, 2004.

Members of the GLBT Commission were appointed by the City Manager in the fall of 2004 and the inaugural meeting was held in May 2005. The Commission devoted its initial meetings to reviewing reports from the town meeting and a GLBT Health Forum also held in 2004, creating its mission statement, establishing its internal organization and operating rules, and setting priorities.

On Feb. 13, 2017, an Amendment to Cambridge Municipal Code Chapter 2.125, Section 2.125.010 was passed to change the name of the Cambridge Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Commission to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Commission and shall also be known as the “LGBTQ+” Commission.” 


Who are the members of the LGBTQ+ Commission?

  • John W. Gintell, Co-Chair, john@gintell.org
  • Aren Stone, Co-Chair, arenstone@comcast.net
  • Bill Barnert
  • Susan Bernstein
  • Jessica Daniels
  • Linda Daniels
  • Abby Duker
  • Maya Escobar
  • Devontae Freeland
  • Catherine Grams
  • Noelani Kamelamela
  • Steven Lee
  • Mal Malme
  • Greg MacDonough
  • Rachel Oppenheimer
  • Bob Parlin
  • Lesley Phillips
  • Kimm Topping
  • Anna J. Weick 
  • Silas Weiner




What are some of the LGBTQ+ Commissions accomplishments?

  • Police GOAL training
  • Two GLBT Town Hall Meetings
  • Pride Brunch before Pride every year
  • GLBT Family Liaison at Cambridge’s Public High Schools
  • Participation in search for new school Superintendent

What are some other local and regional resources?

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