As part of Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving Campaign to support the LGBT community in Puerto Rico, Latinx Pride and Club Café present the LGBTQ Puerto Rico Relief Brunch Fundraiser to be held on Sunday, December 17th, from 12noon to 4pm. The event will feature special drag performances by Verna Turbulence, Tiny Williams, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil, and Kamden T. Rage! Master Troubadour will delight the crowd with his sweet voice with songs from all of Latinoamérica! More information about the Brunch is available on Facebook here. You may purchase your ticket now for this special event. All proceeds from the event will benefit Waves Ahead, a local Puerto Rican organization that provides specific support to LGBT community members after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Boston Pride Takes on a Major Role in InterPride
Linda DeMarco Elected as Co-President
(Boston, MA) – December 5, 2017 – Boston Pride is taking on a major role in InterPride, the international organization that ties together more than 220 Prides from across the globe with two of its leaders in key positions. Boston Pride Vice President Linda DeMarco was recently elected Co-President of InterPride at its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in early October. In 2016, Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni was elected as an InterPride Regional Director representing the North East Regional States. This adds to the strength and commitment to InterPride from Boston Pride.
Boston Pride is one of the five founders of InterPride which was established in 1982, in Boston, when representatives from various Pride organizations across the U.S. gathered to share their common experiences and support each other. In 2012, Boston Pride hosted the 30th Annual InterPride World Conference.
“It is truly an honor to lead InterPride as it has its roots in Boston where the commitment to advocating for the LGBTQ community is without question,” said DeMarco. “I look forward to leading InterPride as we need to ensure that all Prides around the world are represented and have a voice.”
In her role as Co-President, DeMarco will set the vision and the agenda for InterPride and its board of 49 members from across the globe. She is Co-President with Brett Hayhoe of Australia. Previously, DeMarco had served as InterPride’s Treasurer.
DeMarco has been involved with the LGBTQ advocacy community for more than 20 years, beginning in the 1980’s when she marched in her first Boston Pride Parade in honor of a friend who passed away from AIDS. She is past President of Boston Pride, the fourth largest Pride parade in the country.
DeMarco has been recognized for her decades of service to the LGBTQ community and received the David LaFontaine Award for Excellence in Commitment to LGBT Youth. She has also been honored by the Gay Officers Action League and also received an Abigail Adams award from the Mass. Women’s Political Caucus for her outstanding work. DeMarco is also an accomplished businesswoman as the owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery in Jamaica Plain that she has operated for more than 20 years.
2017 Year in Review from Boston Pride
Celebrating Record Breaking Numbers at the 2017 Parade and Festival
Thanks the Community for Its Ongoing Support of the LGBTQ Community Heading into 2018
(Boston, MA) – December 4, 2017 – As 2017 ends, Boston Pride is celebrating a record-breaking year for the Boston Pride Parade and Festival and is thanking those who continue to show their support for the LGBTQ community as we enter into a new year. The 47th annual Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza. This year, Boston Pride created a “Solidarity” category to encourage small nonprofits to join the Parade and the Festival with a discounted fee. The “Solidarity” groups made up about 22 percent of the total groups participating in the parade, with nonprofit organizations making up almost 70 percent of the parade.
Among the groups marching were 29 survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, who commemorated the year anniversary since the tragedy. As a special honor to the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting, trans activist Renee Manning built a float and invited 1,000 people to dance along the parade route as part of a Grand Dance remembering those who were killed. Survivors of the massacre joined Manning and traveled the parade route on the float.
“In a year that has been so challenging for our community and beyond, it was gratifying to see that so many people made a point of supporting our community at the parade and festival,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We want to thank those individuals, as well as the many partners and sponsors who help us to put on a parade and festival that is safe, joyous, and celebratory.”
In addition to a successful parade and festival, Boston Pride also saw tremendous growth in its social media and digital presence. During the two day period that included the parade, festival and block parties, Boston Pride reached close to 55,000 people on Facebook. From June 1st to the 11th, the organization reached more than 140,000 people in total. During the month of June, Boston Pride also reached 179,000 impressions on Twitter and during the 9-day Pride Week, had almost 7,000 engagements on Instagram.
This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” focused on the current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people. It stressed the imperative that the diverse groups that comprise the LGBTQ community stand together and fight for civil rights for all. In October 2017, Boston Pride announced the parade award winners at its Fall Open House. They included:
- Best Marching Group (2 winners)
- Lasell Village Pride
- New England Home for Little Wanderers
- Best Float
- Island Pride
- Best Youth Group
- Medford High School Gay Straight Alliance
- Best Use of 2017 Theme “Stronger Together”
- Project Pride
- Best Parade First-Timers
For the first time ever, Boston Pride partnered with a major Boston television network, NBC Boston that created special programming and promotions throughout Pride Week. As the official television sponsor of Boston Pride, NBC Boston and NECN broadcast stories about the LGBTQ community and about the history of the organization, in addition to reporting on the Parade, Festival and Stronger Together rally and other events.
“2017 was truly a special year for Boston Pride as we had our first major television partner, NBC Boston, which allowed us to bring a piece of Pride to millions of viewers, creating visibility of the LGBTQ community in places where we have not been seen before,” said Bruni.
See links to NBC Boston stories during Pride Week:
- New England Celebrates: Boston Pride Week
- Parade Highlights Annual Boston Pride Day
- 47th Annual Boston Pride Parade Celebrated
- Thousands Attend 2017 Boston Pride Parade
- Boston Pride Week Ends With Rally, Block Party
- Boston Pride Parade 2017
During the 2017 Parade, Grand Marshal Kristen Porter and the families of the Parade Honorary Marshals Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray, marched and were honored. “We know that there will be even more work we need to do in 2018 to protect the rights of our community and to celebrate who we are as individuals. We appreciate so much the organizations, individuals, corporations, and institutions that help to make Boston Pride possible.”
Boston Pride is delighted to announce the following 2018 Pride Marshals, as selected by the community through our annual online vote:
Freedom for All Massachusetts
In June 2015, the broad-based bipartisan coalition Freedom for All Massachusetts launched with the goal of updating Massachusetts’ longstanding civil rights laws to include nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places. The campaign aimed to add gender identity as a protected category in the Commonwealth’s public accommodations law. By June 2016, the law had passed by an overwhelming bipartisan supermajority of votes in both legislative chambers. Shortly after it went into effect on October 1, 2016, opponents of the law secured signatures to force law onto the 2018 ballot. The Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign continues to build the Commonwealth’s familiarity with transgender people, and to grow support for fair and equal treatment, so that we keep trans equality in the law of the Commonwealth.
Jo Trigilio has been a leader in the LGBTQ community serving on the Boston Dyke March organizing committee for more than a decade before stepping down a few years ago. Jo was instrumental at growing the march from a few hundred to several thousand participants, and maintaining its status as a grassroots, noncommercial, and radical event committed to all-gender inclusion. They now head the Boston Dyke March History and Archive Project which makes archival materials publically available online. Jo is a known peace maker, beloved professor, and activist. Jo is an ongoing contributor to the Pride Guide and has extended themselves to assist Boston Pride in addressing issues brought by the community. Jo is currently the Program Director of Gender/Cultural Studies at Simmons College. Jo’s current work focuses on nonbinary gender and ethnic/racial intersectionality.
Gordon Burns, who recently passed, was a longtime Pride volunteer and Committee member. Gordon joined Boston Pride over 10 years ago to foster the engagement of LGBT older adults in the Pride celebration, and to ensure continued exchanges between the older and the younger generations of our community. Deeply engaged and active in our region, Gordon was a founding member of the Senior Pride Coalition, as well as a member of the Boston Prime Timers, the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, and OLLI Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston. His joyfulness and willingness to help everyone will always be remembered.
Edith “Edie” Windsor, a hero of the fight for marriage equality, was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that bears her name. Edie made groundbreaking contributions to our community through her activism over the years. The “Windsor decision,” which was handed down in 2013 by the US Supreme Court, ensured the federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in 13 states and in the District of Columbia.
The 2018 Boston Pride Theme is “Rainbow Resistance” as selected by the community through our annual online vote. Thank you to all who voted or suggested themes this year! This theme is a call for every segment of our community to unite in the resistance against the oppression and backwards policies of the current administration in Washington, DC, the systemic threats to communities of color and trans people in our country, and the potential repeal of trans equality legislation in Massachusetts. The social media hashtags for the 2018 Boston Pride celebration will be #WickedProud and #RainbowResistance.
World AIDS Day occurs every December 1st to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS around the world. A wealth of resources and information is available from the hiv.gov website. We encourage everyone to learn about the epidemic and prevention methods, and to get tested. You may locate the nearest testing facility using this online tool.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2018 Boston Pride Parade is now open. Book your parade spot early to benefit from the 20% early bird discount. Don’t delay: this is the largest parade in New England! The Boston Pride Parade is an incredible opportunity to connect with over 500,000 community members to show your support for our community and our fight for equality, to promote your services, and to engage with the community. Registration fees are unchanged from 2017.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2018 Boston Pride Festival is now open. Book your booth space early to benefit from the 20% early bird discount. Spaces sold out very early in 2017, so don’t delay. The Boston Pride Festival is an incredible opportunity to connect with over 100,000 community members to promote your services and products, to recruit members and customers alike, and to support the LGBT community as a whole. Registration fees are unchanged from 2017.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it is now time for #GivingTuesday, a day of generosity to support causes all over the country and around the globe. This year, Boston Pride is partnering with Waves Ahead, a local, LGBT, Puerto Rican organization, to provide support and relief to LGBT individuals and families on the island, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
We call on our community to give generously, today. Thank you in advance.
DONATE $28 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF CLEAN WATER FOR ONE
This donation of $28 will cover the cost of providing 1 month of clean water to one person in Puerto Rico.
DONATE $60 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF WATER AND TOILETRIES FOR ONE
This donation of $60 will cover the cost of clean water and toiletries for one month for one person in Puerto Rico.
DONATE $150 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF WATER AND MEALS FOR ONE
This donation of $150 will cover the cost of water and meals for one month for one person in Puerto Rico.
Boston Pride’s 2017 End-of-Year Giving Campaign to Raise Funds for the LGBT Community in Puerto Rico, Support Relief Efforts After Hurricane Maria
Starting with #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Boston Pride is launching its annual end-of-year giving campaign to support the LGBT community in Puerto Rico, which has greatly suffered from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Almost two months after Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico is still reeling from its effects, and aid and recovery are perilously limited. To help relief efforts, Boston Pride is partnering with Waves Ahead, a local Puerto Rican organization that provides specific support to LGBT community members. 100% of the funds collected during this campaign will be sent to Waves Ahead’s assistance program. This campaign will be held until Sunday, December 31st, 2017.
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Save the date for our LGBTQ Puerto Rico Relief Brunch Fundraiser at Club Café on Sunday, December 17th, 12noon-4pm. More information coming soon…