Boston Pride hosted a virtual forum with four of the six major candidates in the Boston mayoral race Monday evening.
The candidate forum was moderated by Sue O’Connell, political commentator and analyst for Boston Pride’s media partner, NBC10 Boston and NECN, and a longtime journalist in the LGBTQIA+ community.
The candidates were each given 15 minutes during a specific time slot to address the audience via a live webinar. The speaking order was determined at the beginning of the program through a random selection process. Audience members were invited to submit questions during the event. The forum was an opportunity to learn about mayoral candidates’ positions on policies and issues facing the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community.
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The forum was part of the virtual programming presented by Boston Pride during this Pride season. Due to the pandemic, Boston Pride had to cancel the in-person Pride Parade and Festival in June.
The candidates taking part in the forum included John Barros, Anissa Essaibi George, Jon Santiago and Michelle Wu.
Andrea Campbell and Mayor Kim Janey declined to join the forum.
The forum was originally set for June 7, but was moved out of respect to the groups (TransResistanceMA, Transgender Emergency Fund, MassTPC and Mass Now) that had scheduled a candidates forum on that day.
"The issues facing the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities are critical to moving the City of Boston forward and by having our Boston Mayoral Candidates Forum at another time, we are giving more space for the candidates to discuss these issues," Boston Pride said in a statement.