Holly Ryan

Newton City Council, Ward 8

Holly will continue to be an important voice for equality on the Newton City Council!


Holly Ryan is a veteran activist. She is the first openly Transgender woman to serve on a City Council in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve on the Newton City Council. Holly is now serving her second term on the City Council. A founding member 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. She has served as an adviser to a former president of the Massachusetts State Senate on prioritizing LGBTQ+ legislation. She was the first Trans person to serve on the Newton Human Right Commission and served as LGBTQ+ Liaison for two Mayors.