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Transgender equality in MA under threat

{[C-FIRST NAME:UC]}: Two years ago today, full transgender equality became the law of the land in Massachusetts.

Since July 2016 our transgender neighbors, family and friends have been protected from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and medical offices.

But this November, those protections could be wiped away as Massachusetts becomes the first state in the country to vote on transgender protections. A YES vote is a vote to uphold existing non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts.

If you’re a Massachusetts voter who believes in fairness for transgender people, click here to sign Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge and commit to voting YES this November!

And if you represent an organization that supports transgender equality in Massachusetts, click here to join the 1,000+ member strong Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition.

Across the state, Freedom for All Massachusetts is building a coalition unlike anything Massachusetts has seen before—with transgender people and their families standing with a coalition of more than 1,000 faith leaders, safety advocates, businesses and more.

But if we’re going to win on Election Day, we need every fair-minded person in Massachusetts to speak out and say YES to treating our transgender neighbors with dignity and respect.

By adding your name now to Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge, you’re committing to preserving Massachusetts’ rich tradition of leading on civil rights—by voting YES this November.

Sign the pledge now: Commit to voting YES on November 6th to uphold basic protections for transgender people in Massachusetts.

And if you represent an organization or business that supports protections for our transgender neighbors, click here to join the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition today.

Sylvain BRUNI
President, Boston Pride

P.S. We don’t yet know the ballot question number—but we expect to know soon. Once you sign Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge, they’ll keep you up to date at every turn!

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Inclusion feels good…. Especially the first time

Citizens Bank

Representing Citizens in the 2018 Boston Pride Parade was a true privilege. The colleagues who participated showed me the heart of our Business Resource Groups (BRG) and the bank’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This was my first time participating in a Pride Parade. Going into the day, I was excited but also nervous about how people might react to me. Even with my glitter-covered face, Citizens’ colleagues encouraged my Pride enthusiasm – every single one was supportive and equally excited to be there. Anyone could tell this wasn’t just some “have to” volunteerism. The individuals and families who showed up put their hearts into this event.

I was thrilled and inspired by the cheering parade attendees who were happy to see Citizens Bank – some even pulled out their debit cards and yelled “You’re my bank!” The looks of sheer happiness on these customers’ faces were so heartwarming because it showed that the inclusion we promote within the bank translates into how we treat each customer.

I am grateful to be a part of the Citizens Pride BRG and our involvement in the Boston Pride Parade reaffirmed for me the bank’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This event inspired me to continue participating in BRG activities and sharing our mantra of inclusion and love throughout our communities.

— Emily Eash, Personal Banker, Citizens Bank

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Program for Sunday, June 10

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Sunday, June 10
1-9pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
Back Bay Block Party
St James Ave (at Berkeley St, Boston, MA)
2-8pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
JP Block Party
Perkins St (at Center St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
Featuring the 6th Annual Divas, Dogs & Drag Show, DJ L’Duke (LeahV), emcee Sapphira Cristal and live performance by New Fame.
9pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
NEW
Pride Grand Finale
The Grand (58 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA)
All proceeds benefit Boston Pride programming.
> Get your ticket now
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Program for Saturday, June 9

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Saturday, June 9
10am-12pm Pride Services
Union Church, Old South Church
11am-6pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Festival
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-7pm Festival Bar
Across from the stage at City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-6pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Concert
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Parade
Copley Square to City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
1:30-7pm
[email protected]
Chandler St Block Party
Corner of Chandler St and Berkeley St (Boston, MA)
2-7pm
[email protected]
Esme Women’s Block Party
Corner of Lagrange St and Tremont St (Boston, MA)
6-10pm
Flagship Event
Youth Pride
Boston Pride Youth Dance
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
7-10:30pm
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
[email protected]
PrEP for Pride Community Boat Cruise
Mass Bay Lines (60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA)
> Free tickets available here
9pm-2am
Flagship Event
[email protected]
LUSH: Official Womxn Pride Party
ICON Nightclub (100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now
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Program for Friday, June 8

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Friday, June 8
6pm Boston Dyke March
Parkman Bandstand (Boston Common, Boston, MA)
7:30pm
Pride Arts
Back Bay Ringers Concert
First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA)
8pm
Pride Arts
Screening: Call Me By Your Name
MFA – Auditorium 161 (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your tickets now
9pm-1am
[email protected]
Official Dyke March Afterparty
Milky Way at The Brewery (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
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2018 Boston Pride Concert Lineup Announced!

Here is the lineup for your 2018 Boston Pride Concert! More info about the Concert is available here.

12:35PM – Long Arm Rex
1:05PM – Crystal Famous (Jay Fig)
1:20PM – Happy Little Clouds
1:15PM – Mayor Martin J. Walsh
2:00PM – Justin Dearborn
2:20PM – Freedom for All Massachusetts
2:25PM – Amanda Playwith
2:30PM – Boketto The Wolf
3:00PM – Violencia Exclamation Point
3:10PM – Niya Norwood
3:30PM – Verna Turbulence
3:40PM – Queens With A Mission
4:20PM – Martha Wash
4:55PM – Big Freedia

Schedule is subject to change.

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Program for Thursday, June 7

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Thursday, June 7
7pm
Pride Arts
MFA Lecture: “(un)expected families: Pride”
Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now
7:10pm
Flagship Event
Pride Sports
Pride Night @ Fenway Park
Red Sox vs. Detroit Tiger
Fenway Park (4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now
8pm-12am
[email protected]
Boston Bear Pride 2018: Bears Bare It All
Paradise Cambridge (180 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA)
All proceeds to benefit the Boston Pride Community Fund and MTPC.
10pm-2am
[email protected]
Pride Queeraoke
Midway Cafe (3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
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Boston Pride celebrates Bermuda’s Supreme Court Decision to Allow Marriage Equality

Boston Pride is celebrating the decision made today by Bermuda’s Supreme Court, which upheld a constitutional challenge against the territory’s Domestic Partnership Act, which had rescinded residents’ right to marry. The challenge was offered by a former member of the Boston Pride Committee, Roderick Ferguson, who described why he took on this legal challenge in this year’s Boston Pride Guide.

“We are so pleased for Rod and for the members of the LGBTQ community living in Bermuda,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “It is especially gratifying to see this decision come down during Pride Week here in Boston. Boston provided Rod an experience of living out and proud, and we’re glad to see that he was inspired by the community here to fight for his rights in his native Bermuda.”

The ruling, which will allow same-sex couples to marry again in Bermuda, will not go into effect immediately, but will resume in six weeks’ time.

To read more about Rod Ferguson’s story, please visit: https://issuu.com/bostonpride/docs/bpg18/158.

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2018 Boston Pride Parade Lineup Announced!

Boston Pride is delighted to announce the marching order for the 48th Annual Boston Pride Parade. Click here to download the 2018 parade lineup. Parade registration for organized groups is now closed. See you all on Saturday morning!

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Program for Wednesday, June 6

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Wednesday, June 6
5-9pm
[email protected]
Family Dinner @ CPK
California Pizza Kitchen Prudential (800 Boylston St, Boston, MA)
Mention “Boston Pride” and 20% of your check will be donated back to Pride programming!
6-9pm
[email protected]
PRIDE Beer Garden Takeover at the Samuel Adams Brewery
Sam Adams Brewery (30 Germania St, Boston, MA)
Parts of the proceeds benefit Boston Pride programming!
> Get your tickets now
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