MassEquality 2014 has been counting the days until its flagship event, the Icon Awards, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, will take place at the end of the month. The festivities will be kicked off with a special meal prepared by Chef Tiffani Faison in celebration of the achievements of MassEquality in the state of Massachusetts, the first state to celebrate the end of sex discrimination in the state and pave the way for marriage equality for same-sex marriages. The awards will also highlight pro-LGBT champions in the state house in efforts to end youth bullying, promote protection for transgender people in the workplace, increase HIV/AIDS awareness, improve healthcare access and lobby for equal pay for equal work, including minimum wage rulings, and expansion to other benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
Some special icons will be honored at the festivities. State Speaker Robert DeLeo will receive the Political Icon award for his leadership and effort to pass the Transgender Equal Rights Bills and the issue of LGBTQ homeless problems surrounding youths, ongoing promotion of anti-LGBTQ bullying, survivors of sexual abuse, and matters of HIV/AIDS.