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LGBTQ Lives: A Diversity Series — September 10th, 2015: A Discussion of LGBTQ Lives in the Caribbean

Boston Pride is delighted to introduce a new series of events: “LGBTQ Lives: A Diversity Series”, sponsored by Black Pride and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates / Atrius Health. The first event will be held on Thursday, September 10th, 6-8pm, and will focus on “A Discussion of LGBTQ Lives in the Caribbean” with Max-Arthur Mantle, author of the book “BATTY BWOY”.

LGBTQ Lives: A Diversity Series
(Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer)
A Discussion of LGBTQ Lives in the Caribbean
author of the book “BATTY BWOY”

September 10, 2015 – 6-8pm
Harvard Vanguard, 133 Brookline Avenue, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA
Conference Room 3B/3C

Max-Arthur Mantle will discuss his book BATTY BWOY a coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a gay Black Jamaican who suppresses his “gay tendencies” to distract being bashed or killed. He later migrates to America and breaks free from the closet, to a world where he feels disenfranchised and arrested. The book will be on sale for $24.95 and there will be a book signing and reception to follow.

Sponsored by:

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Shira Banki Memorial and Solidarity Gathering on September 9th


Please join us on Wednesday, September 9th, from 6pm to 7pm, for a Memorial and Solidarity Gathering to honor the memory of Shira Banki, who was murdered at Jerusalem Pride, and to express our grief and outrage at this attack, along with the murders of Ali and Sa’ad Dawabshe who died in the attack on their home in Duma.

The event will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA.

We will stand together as a community to condemn senseless hatred and all forms of extremist violence.

Sponsored by: Boston Pride, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Consulate General of Israel to New England, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, Keshet, New England Anti-Defamation League, New Israel Fund, Temple Israel.

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Promise Place School invites the Boston Pride Community to its First Annual Boston Gala

ppsPromise Place School invites the Boston Pride community to partake in an evening of delicious food, dynamic company, and musical entertainment at its First Annual Boston Gala to be held on Saturday, 26 September, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. Your attendance will lend critical support to the School’s mission to create permanent and safe living and educational environments for LGBTQQIA homeless youth in the Bay State.

After mingling with friends, new and old alike, at the reception, the program will begin in earnest with a delectable dinner, featuring your choice of Pinot braised bone-in short rib of beef or vegetarian Wellington. Dinner should be a lively occasion, with a live auction featuring an exciting array of travel packages, from embarking on a South African photo safari to relaxing on the paradisiacal beaches of Antigua.

Afterwards, we will take a moment to recognize six individuals for their tireless work and advocacy on issues concerning young people, education, community health, and LGBTQQIA rights: Congressman Joe Kennedy, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Carl Sciortino (Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee), Joe Finn (President and Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance), Diego Sanchez (Director of Policy, PFLAG National), and Elisabeth Jackson (Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters).

The evening will culminate in a special live performance by the internationally renowned Larry Watson.

The Gala promises to be a memorable occasion, so don’t miss out!

For more event details and to purchase your ticket, click here, or print and fill out the RSVP card below and mail it with payment by September 24, 2015 to

Promise Place School
An Initiative of the Foundation for International Justice
1170 Main Street (Route 6A), Suite 9A
West Barnstable, MA 02668


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Passing of Jim Campbell

stacks_image_79Boston Pride learned with great sadness today of the passing of Jim Campbell, the President and CEO of NEAHOF, the New England Association on HIV over Fifty. Jim worked tirelessly for HIV care and prevention, especially in the aging population. We will remember his dedication and commitment to our community, which he exemplified in 2012 when he volunteered at the 30th anniversary Annual World Conference of InterPride, hosted by Boston Pride. We will miss him dearly. A memorial service will be organized in September, and we will share details when available.


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First Pride 2016 planning meeting next week!

The first planning meeting for Pride 2016 will be held next Tuesday, September 1st, starting at 6:30pm at the Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118. A lot of positions are open on the committee, and, as always, we’re looking for a diverse set of folks to embark on the great adventure of producing Pride events! See you on Tuesday!

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