As the highest-ranking LGBTQ member of the state legislature, Rep. Hogan is proud of the Commonwealth’s historic progress and continued efforts to create an equitable and just society for all residents.
In 1989, Massachusetts became the second state in the country to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Then, in 2004, the Commonwealth became the first state in the country to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And in 2011, Massachusetts passed historic Trans anti-discrimination legislation. In 2018, our state led the nation in supporting transgender protections by a popular vote and the following year banned the harmful practice known as conversion therapy.
Rep. Hogan is a proud co-sponsor of the ROE Act, which was enacted in 2020 to codify and expand access to abortion in Massachusetts. In July 2022, just over one month after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, Massachusetts leaders worked in a bipartisan manner to again protect access to abortion, reproductive health care, and gender-affirming services, and to protect the providers and patients who rely on continued access to those services by passing comprehensive reproductive rights legislation.
In 2019 the House unanimously voted in favor of legislation that would direct transportation and tourism officials to create a women’s rights history trail highlighting the contributions of Massachusetts women throughout history. The legislation was signed into law by the Governor in Spring 2022.
Rep. Hogan also supports legislation to require genocide education in Massachusetts middle and high school history classes, the Indigenous Peoples legislative agenda, and the recently-enacted Work and Family Mobility bill that enables all qualified residents to apply for a state driver’s license, regardless of immigration status.