Holly will be the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Newton City Council
Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Holly Ryan is a veteran activist making her first foray into public office. She will be the first openly transgender woman to serve on a City Council in the State of Massachusetts and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve on the Newton City Council. A co-founder and former co-chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, she was instrumental in building the coalition that led to the passage of both the 2011 Trans Rights Law and 2016 Public Accommodation Law.
A committed Democrat, she serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s LGBTQ+ Caucus, a board member of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, and was instrumental in creating dedicated seats on the Democratic State Committee for trans individuals. She has served as an adviser to a former president of the Massachusetts State Senate on prioritizing LGBTQ+ legislation.
Holly worked for 24 years as a Human Service Professional and worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Justice Resource Institute.
As a LGBT Health Access Advisor, Educator and Trainer she worked on the denial of access to the LGBTQ community in healthcare. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s LGBTQ Advisory Board.
She was the first trans person to serve on the Newton Human Right Commission and for two years served as LGBTQ+ Liaison for the Mayor of Newton. She implemented the first Pride month celebration for the City of Newton which is now in its sixth year. She also lobbied the City Council to pass an ordinance for public accommodations for the transgender community. It passed unanimously.
On April 4, 2019 Holly announced her candidacy for the Newton City Council from Ward 8. Newton is a suburb of Boston with a population of 90,000.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Holly will be the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Newton City Council.
- She will be the first openly trans person elected to a city council in Massachusetts.