Astraea honoring Boston’s sheroes

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Astraea honoring Boston’s sheroes

The evening of May 12th at the South End’s wildly popular Bohemian hip spot “The Beehive” was a night to remember. 

"It was a wonderful night, with fabulous people celebrating the good works of honorees and Astraea. It's important to pause sometimes and highlight how the hard work of remarkable women have advanced our community. It’s an honor to spend an evening with so many committed warriors for the good,” Arline Isaacson, co-chair of Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus shared with me. 

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice was in Boston to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Jean Hardisty (Founder & President Emerita of the progressive think tank “Political Research Associates), and to honor our Boston-area LGBTQI activists Daunasia Yancey (Co­-organizer of Black Lives Matter, Boston) and Elyse D. Cherry (CEO of Boston Community Capital) at their 2015 “Fueling the Frontlines Awards" it hosted. 

PHOTO:  J. Bob Alotta (center) with Honorees Daunasia Yancey (left) and Elyse Cherry (right)

With Boston being the first in the country to hold a feminist conference in 1969, it was, in its heyday, an intellectual base with activist circles of feminism. In acknowledging both Boston’s renowned feminist activist history and expressing excitement that Astraea this year landed in Beantown, J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of Astraea, told to me, “Boston has always been an activist town so Astraea found true support and solidarity here. Each of the honorees is emblematic of the values Astraea holds dear. It was an honor to share the stage and raise a glass with and for these powerful leaders.” 

For nearly four decades now the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice continues to empower a multi- gendered, racial and identified international network of talented grassroots LGBTQI leaders and activists working within their communities. Because Astraea’s network expands across the globe it has advanced—in remarkable ways that too often go unnoticed, unreported and underfunded—racial, social, gender and economic justice for women, LGBTQI people of color, and youth. And to date, Astraea is the only global philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights. 

Astraea doesn’t shy away from the tough and troubling spot across the globe. ”Doing the righteous work under the most daring circumstances, “ Alotta told the audience at  the “Fueling the Frontlines Awards” event. For example, Astraea has