Sean Driscoll is one of the newest members to become part of Boston’s ALPFAmilia. Having been introduced to ALPFA-Boston through mutual community connections, Sean guest attended one of ALPFA’s ELS events. In his words, he was wowed by what he experienced and by those he met, at the event. He immediately decided to join ALPFA! As this was all happening, a ‘conversation’ organically started between Sean and various ALPFA board, staff and members, around the intersections of diversity - most specifically, around the intersections of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.
As the principal of BBsquared, a LGBT Business Enterprise that empowers inclusion through creative collaboration - targeting work and partnerships across the Disability, LGBTQ and Re-Entry (people with criminal record background identity) communities - diversity connectivity and intersections are something that Sean is simply passionate about. The ‘conversation’ continued and very naturally developed into wonderful early membership engagement, resulting in the idea of ALPFA-Boston fostering some kind of participation in Boston PRIDE.
Working closely with ALPFA-Boston’s Jessyca Feliciano, Sean helped to frame and build out ALPFA Boston’s support of a group outing to Boston Pride Lights 2017. BBsquared and ALPFA are excited to have ‘presence’ at Pride Lights, one of Boston’s oldest PRIDE traditions, which symbolizes the start of Pride each June. For ALPFA, Pride Lights 2017 might be viewed as ALPFA’s symbolic start of a journey to grow in support of its LGBTQ members, while also strengthening the understanding and value of intersections and connectivity across the entire ALPFAmilia.
Sean is excited about what he refers to as this new era of inclusion, in which diverse communities are more comfortably willing to cross-connect - through participation as well as in commitment of cross-ally support. Sean admits, twenty years ago, this cross participation and connection may not have seemed as evident, or even have happened. But it’s happening now, and is a very great thing, for all of us.