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Quincey J. Roberts, Sr.

Executive Director, LGBTQ+ Advancement

Quincey J. Roberts Sr. is the inaugural Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement, which works to empower, protect and advance the rights, and dignity of all LGBTQ+ residents. He is charged with ensuring City Hall connects with and serves the needs of the LGBTQ+ community across all neighborhoods.

As the former LGBTQ+ community liaison in the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), Roberts worked to encourage, facilitate, and maximize the community’s input and participation in local government and address their needs by connecting them with city services. Roberts also served as the Education and Outreach Manager for the Boston Human Rights Commission.

Serving the LGBTQ+ community has always been the center of Roberts’ work. In 2009, Roberts and his partner Corey Yarbrough co-founded the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) , which worked to inspire and empower Hispanic, Latinx, and Black LGBTQ+ through activism, education, outreach, and counseling. Roberts led HBGC in executing its leadership development programs, support groups, and an annual Youth Empowerment Conference, the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ youth of color in New England.

Roberts also worked with the Union United Methodist Church and Justice Resource Institute to establish The Youth Lounge, a youth drop-in space that offered after school programs and activities to LGBTQ+ youth of color under the age of 21. Roberts’ work with the Union United Methodist Church earned him a seat on the Board of Trustees in 2013. This made him the youngest and first openly gay trustee of the congregation.

In his spare time, Roberts enjoys traveling, art collecting, documentaries, game nights, and brunch on Sundays. He currently lives in Dorchester with his husband Corey Yarbrough of five years. The two have a growing family, co-parenting a beautiful son Quincey Roberts Jr. with long-time friend Victoria Mills.

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