June 11, 2020

Pride Series - Mason Dunn

Pride Series - Mason Dunn

Pride Series Day 11 we sat down and chatted with Mason Dunn. Mason Dunn (he/him or they/them) is the State and Local Policy Manager for GLSEN. They are the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), and has worked in the national movement for transgender rights for over 15 years. During their time at MTPC, Mason successfully advocated for the advancement of nonbinary gender markers on Massachusetts state ID's, participated in coalition to address restrictions in healthcare and gender marker changes on Massachusetts birth certificates, and worked to build the coalition which passed state-wide nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations for transgender and nonbinary people. In 2018, Mason co-chaired the historic 2018 Yes on 3 campaign, which successfully defended the Massachusetts' trans-inclusive public accommodation nondiscrimination law, in the nation's first ever state-wide vote on transgender rights.Beyond their full time work, Mason teaches at UNH in Manchester in the Communication's Department, is a board member with The Equality Federation, and serves on the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Mason is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and a 2012 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law with the Daniel Webster Honor's Scholar Program.

Introduction

The 2020 Pride season is going to look different due to COVID 19 and in many areas of the world events will not be happening at least not in person. Virtual Events in some areas will occur, but for many this is a huge blow to what may already be a hard year. During this time, I hope that many of these organizations that put on Pride events around the world look at how to make sure they include everyone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of their situation. Many trans and bi individuals feel excluded from pride events. There are parts of the LGBTQ+ community that feel that Pride events main focus is on white cisgender men. We must do better at including everyone in Pride events including the disabled. 

 

Meet Mason (he/they)

 

Mason Dunn (he/him or they/them) is the State and Local Policy Manager for GLSEN. They are the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), and has worked in the national movement for transgender rights for over 15 years. During their time at MTPC, Mason successfully advocated for the advancement of nonbinary gender markers on Massachusetts state ID's, participated in coalition to address restrictions in healthcare and gender marker changes on Massachusetts birth certificates, and worked to build the coalition which passed state-wide nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations for transgender and nonbinary people. In 2018, Mason co-chaired the historic 2018 Yes on 3 campaign, which successfully defended the Massachusetts' trans-inclusive public accommodation nondiscrimination law, in the nation's first ever state-wide vote on transgender rights.

Beyond their full-time work, Mason teaches at UNH in Manchester in the Communication's Department, is a board member with The Equality Federation, and serves on the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Mason is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and a 2012 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law with the Daniel Webster Honor's Scholar Program.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       Celebration of Pride History

-       Equity and Equality for the LGBTQ+ Community

-       Virtual Prides

-       Transphobia and Biphobia in Pride Events

-       Inclusivity for Pride events

 

Quotables

 

“Pride means celebrating our history and our hope for equity and equality in the future.” – Mason Dunn

 

“It’s incredibly important that we don’t forget some of the negative things of Pride.” – Kayden Taylor

 

“Virtual prides are opening up for people who didn’t have access to Pride before.” – Mason Dunn

 

“There are still people today that are struggling to come out in the LGBTQ community, until people feel comfortable coming out, Pride is still important.” – Mason Dunn

 

Resources

 

GLSEN

https://www.glsen.org

 

Equality Federation

https://www.equalityfederation.org

 

Find Mason

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/masonjdunn

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/masonjd/

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