The Bay State Stonewall Democrats, a group that advocates within the Democratic Party on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, recently endorsed Medford State Rep. Carl Sciortino for congress.
“There is a clear difference between the candidates in this race,” Steve Iannaccone, co-chair of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, said in a statement, “and Carl Sciortino’s unwavering commitment to the LGBT community in the State House made this endorsement an easy decision. His willingness to lead the tough fights, and build the coalitions to win those fights, is what gave him the edge in our endorsement process.”
Iannaccone’s co-chair, Claire Naughton, added, "Carl's tireless work on LGBT issues, especially Marriage Equality and the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, were important factors when deciding to make this endorsement, and we are proud to support him in this race so he can bring that work to the U.S. House.”
Sciortino, a 34-year-old Tufts alumnus, is running for now Senator Ed Markey’s former 5th Congressional seat. He has represented parts of Medford and Somerville in the 34th Middlesex District since 2004.
He co-founded the Progressive Caucus in the State House, authored and was the chief sponsor of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill in 2012 and this session authored and is the chief sponsor of the bill to ban “reparative therapy,” a controversial practice that attempts to convert LGBT people to heterosexuality.