Blue Shift The battle between the “red” and “blue” states took a turn when Massachusetts hired some billboards in Texas and Florida to promote the Commonwealth while subtly criticizing the homophobia of the two host states. The billboards say simply “Massachusetts For us all” and show pictures of happy LGBT couples. Governor Maura Healey (D), an out lesbian, issued a statement explicating the message: “To anyone considering where they want to live … we want you to join us here in Massachusetts.” The fact is, many people are talking about leaving the “Don’t Say Gay” state in search of bluer pastures. So, if this is an early salvo in a demographic war, this Boston-based magazine welcomes you with open arms. On the other hand, if tipping the demographic balance is what’s at stake, why not consider a move to blue-shifting Georgia or Arizona? Massachusetts is already blue enough!
Published in: September-October 2023 issue.