Special thanks to:

The Equality Fund Advisory Committee, including Co-Chairs Catherine D’Amato and Scott E. Squillace, Esq., and members David Aronstein, Elyse Cherry, Diane Felicio, Dean Hara, Esmond Harmsworth, Billy Lagor, Andrea Light, Alexandra Schuman, Amy-Lee Simon, Ellen Wade and Charles Walsh III.

Thank you to our colleagues who helped us in this analysis:

Maria McKenna, Kevin Cranston, Barry Callis, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Carol Goodenow, Independent Research/Evaluation Consultant

Kerith Conron, Taylor Brown, The Williams Institute, UCLA Law School

H. Harrison, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Margie Pullo, Gabrielle Viator, Attorney General Maura Healy’s Office

Kenneth Mayer, Rodney Vanderwarker, Dana King, Chris Grasso, Ken Levine, The Fenway Institute Arthur Lipkin, Consultant, Safe Schools Program for GLBTQ Youth

The several dozen leaders and community members who met with us to help us understand and frame these data and describe the strengths and challenges of the LGBT community in Massachusetts.


Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute

Sophia Geffen, HIV Prevention Research Project Manager, The Fenway Institute

Anise Vance, Senior Manager of Research in Race and Equity, Boston Indicators, The Boston Foundation

Tim Wang, MPH, Health Policy Analyst, The Fenway Institute Jacob Barrera, Research Fellow, The Fenway Institute, 2017


Stephen Chan, Vice President for Strategy and Operations, The Boston Foundation

Barbara Hindley, Associate Vice President of Communications, The Boston Foundation

Luc Shuster, Director of Boston Indicators, The Boston Foundation


Kate Canfield, Canfield Design


Peter Ciurczak, Boston Indicators


Elizabeth Walczak, Consultant

Lisa Krinsky, LGBT Aging Project, The Fenway Institute Grace Sterling-Stowell, BAGLY

Janson Wu, GLAD

Boston Indicators is a research center at the Boston Foundation that seeks a thriving Greater Boston for all residents across all neighborhoods. We do this by analyzing key indicators of well-being and by researching promising ideas for making our city more prosperous, equitable and just. To ensure that our work informs active efforts to improve our city, we work in deep partnership with community groups, civic leaders and Boston’s civic data community to produce special reports and host public convenings.

The Fenway Institute works to make life healthier for LGBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the larger community. We do this through research and evaluation, education and training, and policy analysis. We are the research division of Fenway Health, a federally qualified health center that serves 32,000 patients each year. One of Fenway Health’s original focus areas was gay men’s sexual health, and Fenway has been a leader in HIV prevention, care, and research since the 1980s. Since then it has expanded its work on lesbian and bisexual women’s health and on transgender health. Today half of Fenway’s patients are LGBT, about 2,200 are living with HIV, and about 3,000 are transgender.

Thanks first to the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation, for supporting this research. The Equality Fund was created in 2012 to make high-impact grants to nonprofits serving the diverse members of the LGBTQ community and build a permanent endowment to benefit the LGBTQ community of Greater Boston. In particular, we would like to thank the Equality Fund Advisory Committee and Committee Co-Chairs Catherine D’Amato and Scott E. Squillace, Esq. for providing vision, advice and guidance for this report.

We would also like to thank the several dozen leaders and community members throughout the LGBT community who made important contributions to the development of this report. We spoke with several dozen leaders and community members throughout the LGBT community made important contributions to the development of this report. We spoke with partners from across the LGBT community and many who work in support of the LGBT population about the assets, challenges and opportunities facing this community today. We want to express our deep appreciation to everyone who participated in this process for their insights and for the spirit of generosity with which they were shared. We are also grateful to our partners in state government, especially in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who generously analyzed and shared data and expertise with us.