Community Town Hall: The Future of LGBTQ+ Protections and DEI Policy

Monday, October 23, 2023

5:30 – 7:00 PM ET in Boston, MA

Join PIOW at the Boston Public Library this October for a live, in-person town hall event bringing together Boston’s LGBTQ+ and business leaders to address the future of LGBTQ+ protections and DEI policy. Learn more.


With a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ laws in circulation and the repercussions from Supreme Court decisions on DEI still unfolding, now is the time to ask -how can we support and strengthen our communities?

The Future of LGBTQ+ Protections & DEI Policy will feature leading voices from PIOW, GLAD, and Boston’s business community to discuss:

  • The current state of LGBTQ+ equity and upcoming challenges 
  • How organizations can anticipate and respond to the impact of state and federal legislation on LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and the workplace
  • Strategies for business leaders working to protect a distributed workforce and preserve diversity initiatives
  • Audience questions via in-person Q&A

This LGBTQ+ History Month, join us in witnessing and responding to history in the making.

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Who Should Attend

We encourage any and all LGBTQ+ professionals and allies to attend.

Discussion may be of particular interest to:

  • Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals
  • Corporate Communications teams and Legal Specialists
  • Employee Resource Group Members and Executive Sponsors 
  • LGBTQ+ Community Organizers
  • Institutions impacted by Title VI ruling or that could be impacted by changes to Title VII in the future

This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to RSVP through the Boston Public Library website. Spread the word by forwarding this event to others in your network as well!

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