Ethos’ very own Dale Mitchell, our long-time CEO, has been nominated to be the 2019 Boston Pride Marshal. It would be an incredible honor for Dale, Ethos and for all of us who work with older adults or the LGBT community if he were selected, but he needs your vote!

Please take two minutes of your time to visit the link below, vote for Dale Mitchell to be the 2019 Boston Pride Marshal and help shine a light on the great work that has been done over the past 25+ years for, not only the older LGBT community, but for seniors and the disabled of Boston.

As many you already know, Dale is retiring this fall. This recognition would be a perfect bookend to his amazing career. The voting period closes at 11:59 PM on Thursday; January 31st. Please cast your vote as soon as possible.


In the meantime, here is a little more about why Dale deserves your time and vote:

Dale Mitchell, CEO, Ethos
Dale Mitchell is the founder of the LGBT Aging Project. As an out (spoken) gay man Dale brought LGBT Aging out of the closet with his tireless work here in Massachusetts. He convened Boston’s very first LGBT Aging Summit in 2001 and the LGBT Aging Project followed soon thereafter with Dale as its Chair.

He has been a leading champion and advocate for LGBT older adults and caregivers in Massachusetts since that time. His professional role is CEO of Ethos, a Boston based elder service organization, and his passion is to make sure that LGBT older adults age with the dignity and respect they deserve. Under his direction Ethos started the first LGBT friendly community meal program for LGBT older adults and their friends, in 2004. This was a first in Boston, in Massachusetts and in the country. These programs have paved the way for a network of 23 such sites throughout Massachusetts and many others around the country.

Dale was the driving force behind the 2008 MassHealth Equality Law that ensured that marriage equality applied to the state’s Medicaid program. He is a founding member of the MA LGBT Aging Commission, advocating with legislators to create the first in the nation Commission. More recently he brought that same passionate advocacy to the passage of another first in the nation legislation – that LGBT cultural competency training is required of all those who work within Massachusetts’ state network of elder care providers. Dale has put LGBT older adults on the map in Boston and across the state.

Because of Dale’s vision, today’s LGBT older adults – and those who follow in their footsteps — are able to thrive socially and with the necessary supports and providers that are culturally competent and LGBT inclusive.


Thank you in advance for your time and your vote!

If you have any questions, please contact, Raymond Santos, Chief Development & Community Relations Officer, Ethos, at 617.477.6638 or