[UPDATE – 07/25/2014] – Upon recommendation from our legal counsel, Boston Pride has terminated its partnership with The Rainbow Times (TRT) and severed all ties with TRT. Accordingly, the iPads mentioned below have all been returned to TRT.
Boston Pride has recently designated The Rainbow Times, TRT, as its Official media partner. In addition to this 2014 official partnership, TRT has donated over $2,500 in cash donations to Boston Pride in the form of 4 iPads complete with data plans, in addition to its in-kind donations, as a way to give back to the organization, according to Boston Pride officials. TRT is also producing the Boston Pride Guide 2014.
“This partnership with The Rainbow Times will allow Boston Pride to inform the community throughout New England in a complete fashion: we will be able to advertise and promote the official events of the Boston Pride Week celebration both through traditional newspaper advertisement, but also through online engagement via social networks,” said Sylvain Bruni, Boston Pride president. “We believe that this will help inform more people, and better.”
Through the years, The Rainbow Times has given to Boston Pride, not only via in-kind donations, but also through cash donations and other arrangements. TRT has also placed itself at the forefront of any [email protected] Pride events and has designed specific coverage and community building for that celebration too.
“We have developed a strong relationship with Boston Pride throughout the years, which has afforded us the 2014 ‘Official’ partnership status, something we’ve also earned in former years,” said Gricel M. Ocasio, TRT Publisher. “It is about believing that we, as a company, have a responsibility to the betterment of our community. This donation of the four iPads to Boston Pride shows exactly our commitment to changing the way media outlets deal with non-profit organizations. We have to go beyond the in-kind donations to provide tangible contributions and assist organizations in moving forward by providing necessary resources for them to do so.
“This year’s Boston Pride Guide production is already underway,” said Ocasio. “The response from community businesses and political candidates has been overwhelming and it speaks to the importance that the LGBT community has in Boston. We’re thrilled to be a part of this community.”
According to Boston Pride, the iPads and data plans will be useful during Boston Pride week, from June 6th – June 15th, 2014, with paperless information and state-of-the-art technological efficiency for attendees and its crew.
“The [four] donated iPads will be very helpful to speed up check-in and registration at the Parade and Festival, but also to facilitate and accelerate entrance at ticketed events. Using iPads will be a great way to ensure that our volunteer and staff constantly has the most up-to-date information at the tip of their fingers, rather than having to handle paper,” added Bruni. “Additionally, the iPads will help us with taking pictures and videos and uploading them to our social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Vine much faster, and with better quality.”
The Rainbow Times has a history of partnering with other non-profit Pride organizations such as Northampton Pride, Hartford Pride, North Shore Pride, Worcester Pride, PrideFest Rhode Island, World Pride, and others.
“When The Rainbow Times was established in 2006, it was always part of our philosophy to give back philanthropically when we could,” said Nicole C. Lashomb, TRT Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder. “We have given hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind and cash donations to organizations throughout New England. We pride ourselves in being representatives of the community that we serve. It can’t always be about making money. We have to give, to receive.”
For more information about advertising in the Boston Pride Guide 2014, please call 617.444.9618 or send your questions to [email protected]. For additional information visit The Rainbow Times’ website at www.therainbowtimesmass.com, via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, and so forth.
About The Rainbow Times
The Rainbow Times has donated cash and in-kind donations to organizations such as: Fenway Health, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Northampton Pride, the LGBT Coalition of WMA, AIDS Foundation of WMA, Service Net, Network La Red, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, AIDS Action Committee, and others. TRT also currently sponsors a community softball team from the Beantown Softball League: The Terriers. TRT ownership is 100% women and minority owned and operated. It was founded in 2006 and is now the largest monthly news magazine in New England and the largest Pride Projects’ Producer. TRT also has the strongest LGBT social media network in New England. Its website receives over 2 million hits per month.
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.