State represntative for Medford and Somerville, and LGBT rights supporter
Sciortino’s reputation as an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights often irks him. “I don’t see LGBT rights as a separate category,” says Sciortino, 34. “I want to tell the story of [their] rights within the context of social and economic justice.”
A Tufts University graduate, Sciortino is one of just a handful of openly gay state representatives here. Sciortino was elected in 2004 in a campaign centered on supporting gay marriage in the Bay State; his more recent successes include his push to pass the transgender antidiscrimination bill he cosponsored, making it a crime to deny someone access to housing or employment based on their gender presentation.
—Martine Powers, Globe Staff