One of my personal life-mantras is to think positively and do what I can do to make this world a better place. However, that mantra feels really challenging right now, knowing our country just elected a president who is considered by many to be a racist, sexist, misogynistic, and xenophobic demagogue, along with a vice … More Post-Election Reflections (2016)
There are some things you never, ever, forget. No matter who you are or where you grew up, you can probably think back to a moment in time that someone said something that made you feel…less. Might have been a sibling. That’s a cruel, but understandable part of growing up. Could have been … More Think. Be Smart. It’s Hard to Heal a Wrinkled Heart.
Today is Spirit Day…no, this is not some new holiday Hallmark created just to sell more $8 cards that play an annoying music loop. Spirit Day began in 2010 after a string of LGBTQ-youth took their lives due to bullying, which got a lot of media/public attention. On Spirit Day people are asked to wear … More Spirit Day…ENOUGH of the horrific statistics and tragic stories
October is LGBTQ History Month and October 11th is National Coming Out Day—is your organization doing anything to create a more welcoming and inclusive workplace during this time? … More What is your organization doing for LGBTQ History Month?
An interview in Boston Spirit Magazine with Cynthia Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s mother) & Tom Bourdon discussing their aligned missions of encouraging kindness and bravery to creating safer spaces. March 09, 2016 by Rob Phelps How does a parent raise a kid who grows up to be not only one of the most talented … More An interview with Tom Bourdon & Lady Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta (Boston Spirit Magazine, 03/09/16)
Transgender equality still an issue in Mass., the US By: Tom Bourdon June 08, 2015 “You steered the Queen Elizabeth in the wrong direction. You landed in Africa instead of London.” That’s what a mental health professional said to a mother when lecturing her on how to properly raise a child. Because she chose to … More Transgender equality still an issue in Mass., the US (Boston Globe, OpEd, 06/08/15)
In Charge! Tom Bourdon Gets It Done in Greater Boston By Christine Nicco May 7, 2015 Founded in 1972, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization serving the LGBTQ community with over 350 chapters across the country. One of said chapters is the Greater Boston PFLAG, an organization that has been making leaps and … More In Charge! Tom Bourdon Gets It Done in Greater Boston (Rainbow Times, 5/7/15)
4/19/15 By Wendy Killeen As Tom Bourdon goes about his job as president and executive director of Greater Boston PFLAG, he draws from his personal life. “I think about how much I needed this when I was young and it didn’t exist,” he said of the organization for parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, … More A champion of gay acceptance in the community (Boston Globe, 4/19/15)
USA Today By: Susan Donaldson James April 26, 2012 Tom Bourdon and his husband Jimmy have been legally married for seven years and are raising two children in a home they jointly own in suburban Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004. But this weekend, as they finish up their taxes, filing a … More IRS Makes Gay Parents ‘Lie,’ Shortchanging 2 Million Children (USA Today, 4/16/12)
New York Times by Douglas Quenqua June 26, 2009 WELCOME to the flip side of homophobia. “I’m flattered, and I think it’s hilarious,” Kris Allen told People.com recently, responding to the news that his former roommate and runner-up on “American Idol,” Adam Lambert, had a crush on him. Mr. Lambert, who favors black eyeliner and leather pants, … More I Love You, Man [as a Friend] (New York Times, 6/26/09)