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Massachusetts Youth Pride - May 16, 2015
Mister & Miss Boston Pride Pageant - May 16, 2015
Official Boston Pride Guide release - May 20, 2015
45th Annual Boston Pride Week celebration - June 5-14, 2015

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Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

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LGBT Roller Bounce on March 26 – This event benefits Boston Pride’s programs!

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Boston Pride to Honor the Late Mayor Thomas M. Menino at 45th Anniversary- #WickedProud Annual Pride Parade

2015 Parade Grand Marshals and Parade Marshals Announced

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Boston Pride announced Parade Grand Marshals: Erica Kay-Webster (pictured right) , David V. Bermudez, and Samuel Brinton.

 

(Boston, MA) March 26, 2015 – The Boston Pride announced today that the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been named the Honorary Marshal of the 45th Anniversary- #WickedProud Annual Pride Parade to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Boston Pride also announced Parade Grand Marshals: Erica Kay-Webster, David V. Bermudez, and Samuel Brinton and Parade Marshals: Ellyn Ruthstrom and Woody Glenn.

The Boston Pride Parade is a march to celebrate and promote equal rights for the region’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and is the premier event of Pride Week.  As one of the most popular Pride Parades in the country, organizations and individuals  from around New England and beyond will walk together to advocate for inclusivity, equality and respect.  The theme of the Boston Pride Parade this year is “45th Anniversary- #WickedProud” to celebrate the LGBT community’s four-plus decades of fighting for inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

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State Street Global Pride and Friends won the award for Best Float. Hector Dimaunahan accepted the award.

“We are honored to name our late Mayor Menino as this year’s Honorary Marshal in celebration of our 45th anniversary,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “Mayor Menino was a longtime friend of Boston Pride and a tireless ally of the LGBT community, ensuring that our city was both a safe and inclusive place to live and work. Boston Pride will always be grateful for his friendship and proven leadership.”

Boston Pride also announced the 2014 Parade Awards: BSL Awareness Walks for Best Marching Group, DotOut for Best Adaptation of theme and State Street Global Pride and Friends for Best Float.

Grand Marshals

Erica Kay-Webster, a resident of Marstons Mills, Mass., is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, is one of the most celebrated transgender women for her continued devotion to human rights advocacy through the Foundation for International Justice and development of Promise Place School, a residential school for homeless LGBT youth.

David V. Bermudez, of Cape Cod, is a member of the Stonewall Veterans’ Association. David, a lifelong LGBT rights advocate, became the first Stonewall Rebellion veteran to be legally married in a same-gender marriage on the 35th anniversary date of the Stonewall Rebellion.

Samuel Brinton, of Washington, DC, has been a crusader for making conversion therapy for minors illegal. A Recent MIT graduate, he has given talks to Google and the United Nations as part of the #BornPerfect campaign. In 2014, Samuel spoke to the Annual World Conference of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers, to bring the spotlight on the devastating impact of conversion therapy and urge Prides around the world to join the fight against this practice.

Parade Marshals

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DotOut won the Boston Pride award for Best Adaptation of the Theme. Accepting the award (L to R) Marie McRae, Chris McCoy and Matt Duffy .

Ellyn Ruthstrom, of Melrose, Mass.  is a writer, editor and spokesperson for the Bisexual Resource Center.  Ellyn honorably served for ten years as Board President of the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), the oldest U.S. bi-specific national organization that raises awareness about bisexuality, produces resources and provides support to the bisexual community. In 2013, Ellyn co-facilitated the first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues and initiated the founding of the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, a networking space for bisexual activists and writers across the U.S.

Woody Glenn, of Somerville, Mass. helped found what was then the East Coast Bisexual Network and went on to help it become a 501©3 and eventually change its name to the Bisexual Resource Center. His early leadership also helped establish the Boston Bisexual Men’s Network and helped to make Boston one of the most supportive and vibrant bisexual cities in the country.

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Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni honors Woody Glenn (left) and Ellyn Ruthstrom (right) as 2015 Parade Marshals.

About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Pride Diplomatic Reception, the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”

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Spring Open House on Wednesday, March 25th

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Boston Pride invites you to its 2015 Spring Open House, to be held on Wednesday, March 25th, at 6:30pm, at 31 New Chardon St in Boston, MA. During the Open House, the 2015 Marshals will be revealed, and Boston Pride will make several announcements about the 2015 Boston Pride Week celebration. Refreshments will be served. See you there!
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Boston Pride Celebrates 45th Anniversary – #WickedProud Launches “Friends of Boston Pride”

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In celebration of its 45th Anniversary- #WickedProud, Boston Pride invites the community to partake in this year’s festivities in a special way. Boston Pride is launching “Friends of Boston Pride” where friends directly contribute to and support Boston Pride’s efforts to create change and progress within the community. Becoming a “Friend of Boston Pride” additionally supports programming for Youth Pride, Latino Pride, Human Rights and Education, and all events and also allows friends to receive additional benefits for those who join.

“This is a special year for Boston Pride during our 45th anniversary as we welcome our old friends and make some new ones.  By joining Friends of Boston Pride, everyone has the chance to support the organization as we celebrate the four-plus decades of fighting for inclusiveness, diversity and equality,” said Linda DeMarco, Vice President of Boston Pride.

Friends of Boston Pride includes a variety of levels that provide added benefits for those who join.  Depending upon the level, benefits include:

  • Acknowledgement in the official Pride Guide
  • Discounted gala tickets
  • Entrance to 1 Block Party of your choice
  • Meet and Greet with Artists at festival (subject to Artist approval)
  • Official Boston Pride 45th Anniversary T-Shirt
  • Boston Pride Rainbow Umbrella

“We look forward to making this year’s Boston Pride Week the best one ever, and by becoming a Friend of Boston Pride, you will be recognized for your commitment to the LGBT community in addition to added benefits that you can use during the festivities,” said Staci Stift, Boston Pride Entertainment Chair.

Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, 2015 Pride Week will also include, the first annual Gala, Pride Day at Faneuil Hall, Black Pride Cruise, AIDS Walk, Pride Diplomatic Reception, Pride Lights, Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night at Fenway Park, Boston Pride Festival and Parade, Pride Youth Dance, Back Bay Block Party, and JP Block Party.

For more information on becoming a Friend of Pride, visit www.bostonpride.org/friends

Stay up to date with more information by visiting and following Boston Pride on Facebook and Twitter.

About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

 

Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Pride Diplomatic Reception, the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”

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LGBT Groups Make History at the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

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Boston Pride wishes to thank the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, particularly Commander Brian Mahoney and Parade Organizer Tim Duross, for accepting the organization’s application to march in the 114th annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade this past Sunday, March 15th.  With the inclusion of Boston Pride and OUTVETS, the Allied War Veterans Council made history and demonstrated that the community of South Boston is an open, diverse and welcoming community.

Additionally, Boston Pride, which will commemorate its 45th anniversary as an organization celebrating the LGBT community in June, also thanks the residents of South Boston and visitors attending the annual parade for their warm welcome. Members who marched were warmly greeted by parade spectators young and old, and felt embraced by the community of South Boston.

Finally, the organization would like to acknowledge a few special guests who marched with the Boston Pride contingent, including: Cathleen Finn, who was a member of the original group of Irish Americans who sought to march in the parade in the 1990s; Steve Kerrigan, the first openly gay man to run for Massachusetts lieutenant governor; and radio personality and past Pride Parade Marshal Fast Freddy Murphy.

We wish everyone in the City of Boston, and beyond, a safe, happy St. Patrick’s Day!

About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Pride Diplomatic Reception, , the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”

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