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TRANSFORME – Trans Awareness Month Film Screening on November 21st


Join us for a screening of the documentary TRANSFORME, an investigation into the lives of four transgender teenagers. Alex, Dan, Luna, and Piper share their personal stories about coming out, and the difficulties and triumphs they faced throughout the process. A panel discussion on trans youth will follow the screening. The panel will be moderated by Maxwell Ng, chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

The event will be held at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, on Saturday, November 21st starting at 10:30am.

About Maxwell Ng

Maxwell NgMaxwell Ng currently serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. With MTPC he is currently working on legislation to protect trans people in public accommodations.

Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), an organization committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for LGBTQ people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston area. Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US.

And he is also a founding player and coach of the TrailStormers, the Boston based softball team dedicated to creating a fun and safe space for gender non-conforming and Trans people.

Maxwell enjoys playing softball with his teammates, queer geek pop culture, speaking in the third person, and cooking.


This event is sponsored by Boston Pride, MTPC, Fenway Health and the Boston LGBT Film Festival.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Sunday, November 22nd


The 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be celebrated on Sunday, November 22nd, in Boston, starting at 4pm at St Paul’s Cathedral (138 Tremont St, Boston, MA). Boston Pride, a co-sponsor of the event, invites you all to attend and to show your support for our trans community. For more information about the event, please visit MTPC’s website here.

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AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit and World AIDS Day

Boston Pride is delighted to announce that it will sponsor the AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit (11/30-12/4) and World AIDS Day Community Reception (12/1) to be held at UMass Boston.

November 30 – December 4, 2015 | Campus Center, 2nd Floor Terrace
SECTIONS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE-NOMINATED AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT—the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that memorializes more than 90,000 individuals lost to AIDS—will be on display for public viewing at the UMass Boston Campus Center, 2nd floor terrace.

December 1, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Campus Center, 2nd Floor Terrace
UMASS BOSTON INVITES YOU TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY 2015. Please join Chancellor J. Keith Motley and the University of Massachusetts Boston community for a reception featuring the Honorable Carl Sciortino, former state representative and the executive director of AIDS Action Committee. Enjoy light refreshments, view the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and hear from Sciortino regarding the importance of the history and the future of the AIDS epidemic. This reception is free to the UMass Boston Community.

SPONSORED BY: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Center, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Student Arts and Events Council (SAEC), University Health Services, Anthropology Department, Bay State Stonewall Democrats and Boston Pride

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Register now for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade and Festival!

registernowBoston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade and Festival is now open. Register now to take advantage of the early bird pricing. The Festival sold out in 2015, so don’t delay!

Click here to register for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade

Click here to register for the 2016 Boston Pride Festival

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2016 Pride Theme: “Solidarity Through Pride”

The community has spoken, and the 2016 theme of the Boston Pride celebration will be “Solidarity Through Pride.” Thank you to the hundreds who participated in the vote this year!

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Statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris

Boston Pride sends our condolences, thoughts and support to the victims and their families of the Paris terrorist attacks. We stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and our colleagues at Paris Pride. We encourage all to join us for the Solidarity Rally tomorrow (Sunday) at noon at the Boston Common.


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Please help pass transgender rights this year!

Lawmakers are stalling on legislation fully protecting transgender Bay Staters from discrimination—and the clock is ticking.

Right now, there is no firm commitment from state lawmakers to bring SB 735 & HB 1577—legislation prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public spaces like parks and hotels—to a vote this year, if ever.

On November 19th, legislators will break for the holidays. If they haven’t brought the issue to a vote by then, efforts to fully protect transgender people from discrimination will likely be stalled until 2017.

We have to keep the pressure on so legislators know: We can’t wait. This legislation needs a decision NOW—not two years down the line.

Contact your legislators now with Freedom Massachusetts and urge them to bring SB 735 and HB 1577 to vote before the end of the year.

The momentum is real. In the last 4 months alone, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs have joined with 160+ businesses like Google and Harvard Pilgrim to endorse full non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

We can absolutely pass this bill this year. Never before have we been so close. But we have to get a firm commitment from lawmakers to move SB 735 & HB 1577 forward and pass it before November 19th.

If we don’t, it could be another two years until transgender Bay Staters are fully protected under Massachusetts law.

Massachusetts should be leading the pack. It’s time for our lawmakers to commit to action. Click here to send a message and urge your lawmakers to act now on SB 735 and HB 1577:

Thanks for stepping up.

Boston Pride & Freedom Massachusetts


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Introducing the Boston Pride Community Fund


Each year, Boston Pride brings hundreds of thousands together for a week of activism, remembrance, and celebration. Now we want to expand our commitment to the community throughout the entire year with the Boston Pride Community Fund! The result of your continued support for Boston Pride and everything we do, the Community Fund will distribute grants from $500 to $2,000 to other LGBT causes and organizations. We are accepting applications from now through November 30 and we will be announcing our first grantees in January 2016. To apply or learn more, please visit

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Meet the winners of the 2015 Pride Parade awards

Remember how #WickedProud you were of this year’s Pride Week festivities? So were we, and we wanted to recognize those participants who really went the extra mile with the 2015 Pride Parade awards! The winner for Best Marching Group was the Fitchburg State Gay-Straight Alliance, with Northeastern University’s NU Pride as a close second. Biogen won the award for Best Float, with DotOUT winning second place. Best Adaptation of Theme was awarded to Novartis, with MGH/Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a runner-up. Representatives from each group joined Boston Pride Committee members and guests at last week’s open house to receive their awards. Congratulations!

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Honoring Chaylin Diaz and Jody Mendoza at the 2015 Latin@ Pride Awards & Reception on Thursday, November 12th


Boston Pride Week may only come once a year, but our friends and allies keep working for the LGBT community all year long. Join Boston Pride as we celebrate two such leaders, Chaylin Diaz and Jody Mendoza, at the annual Latin@ Pride Awards & Reception! Our communities of color rank among the most vibrant and resilient in Boston, so let’s come together to recognize their positive impact on each and every one of us. The reception starts on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 PM at Mojitos, located at 48 Winter Street in downtown Boston.

Chaylin Diaz
2015 Latin@ Pride Community Award Recipient

Chaylin Diaz

Chaylin Diaz

Chaylin Diaz is a 27 year old Hispanic Florida native and the co-founder and Vice President of Young Voices Silent Cries, a non-profit organization dedicated to handing urban youth the tools they need to succeed. Once discovering that spoken word could be used as a tool to teach youth 21st-century skills such as public speaking, and positive ways to express their emotions, Diaz set out to do just that. She has taught spoken word at various youth organization throughout Boston and was awarded class of the year for Citizen School at the Edwards Middle School in 2013. Diaz believes that art can save our youth and this world.

Through her non-profit Diaz has been able to combine lessons of self-love, self-respect and self-awareness with community engagement and societal awareness. Her youth have put together a women empowerment project called “I Am Woman”, a summer community engagement project called “Change 4 Peace, a clothing and food drive called “Threads 4 Life” and are in process of creating a documentary about street harassment on teenagers and women. Diaz stands firmly behind the idea that the most powerful thing that we have accepted is that we need nothing more than our determination and the strength behind our voices to create change.

These four images of Chaylin depict her style and essence. Being among her students is where she is most at peace. For all those who think they could never be honored for anything, Chaylin is shown as a child, determined to make a difference.

Jody Mendoza
2015 Latin@ Pride Ally Award Recipient

Jody Mendoza

Jody Mendoza, with her husband Richy Pena

Jody Mendoza is the owner of Mojitos Latin Lounge and Nightclub in downtown Boston. Mojitos opened its doors in August of 2005 and the positive reaction it received was overwhelming and enduring. Mojitos has become a fixture on the nightlife scene and won numerous awards.

Mojitos is only one of Jody’s projects. For over ten years she has been organizing and executing events in Boston. She was the General Manager and marketing mind behind the now legendary Sophia’s, a four level nightclub, the first Latin club in Boston. In 2002, she founded Avivé Productions, a Marketing and Promotions company that services the needs of the Boston area Latino community. The events organized by Avivé Productions under her guidance include countless concerts, product launches and promotions, harbor cruises, community events and nightclub promotions.

In 2008, Jody co-founded the Boston Music Conference (BMC), an annual event that draws people from around the country to network and learn about the music industry. The BMC brings together aspiring talent, music industry executives, corporations and celebrities every fall in Boston.

Jody also serves on the Board of Directors for Roca, a non-profit organization that helps troubled youths, based out of Chelsea, MA. Jody has a history of giving back to the community and was recognized by Mayor Menino for her charity work and fundraising efforts following 9-11 at Sophia’s.

Jody resides in Boston and is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Latino Professional Network. Jody’s undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and she received a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Boston College in 2006.


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