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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!

Click on the photo below to discover all the photos of the event!


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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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Vote now for the 2016 Boston Pride Theme


Voting is now open for the selection of the 2016 Boston Pride Theme. Click here to cast your vote!

Over twenty theme suggestions were received this year. The Boston Pride Committee reviewed all suggestions and narrowed down the slate to six themes from which the community will select the official 2016 Boston Pride Theme. The six candidate themes are:

  • Solidarity Through Pride
  • We Stand With You
  • ‘We The People’ Means Everyone
  • The Rainbow Is A Spectrum: So Are We!
  • Onward! What’s Next?
  • Express Yourself

For more information and to vote, click here now. Voting will be open until 11:59pm on Friday, November 6th, 2015.

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Go purple on October 15 for #SpiritDay!


Show your support for LGBT youth on October 15 by wearing purple for Spirit Day 2015! Launched in 2010 by a Canadian high school student to raise awareness around the suicides of bullied queer youth, Spirit Day has become an annual observance with support from Washington to Hollywood. The event coincides with National Bullying Prevention Month, so join the movement and take a stand against bullying in our classrooms and communities.

For more information on Spirit Day and other ways you can help, visit Remember to wear purple this Thursday and share your support on social media using the #SpiritDay hashtag.

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Open call for Boston Pride Guide stories!


Last year – thanks to the tremendous support of advertisers and members of the LGBTQ and ally communities – for the first time ever Boston Pride was able to produce our own Pride Guide entirely in-house and to offer this pioneering 144-page, full-color, glossy magazine freely as a service to our community. You can check the magazine out here:

We printed 20,000 copies of the 2015 magazine and distributed them to hundreds of locations throughout New England. We also offered a digital version of the Guide that, to date, has been read more than 15,000 times in 68 different countries (that’s more than 1/3 of the world’s countries)! That means that the Guide’s 45+ contributors had their work seen by a diverse international readership, some even residing in countries with environments hostile to LGBTQ people (for example, Jamaica, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Malaysia).

Building upon last year’s success, we’re #wickedproud to announce that we’ll publish another installment of the Pride Guide for Boston Pride Week 2016. Boston Pride will once again dedicate ourselves to delivering a Guide of the highest quality, which offers not only event-specific information straight from the source, but also unique, community-generated content developed exclusively for the Boston Pride Guide.

That’s where you come in: To ensure that our content and contributors reflect the great diversity of our community, we’re seeking writers, photographers, and artists from all backgrounds who are willing to donate their talents, and are looking for a unique, highly visible place to showcase issues, stories, and ideas that matter to them.

If you’re interested in pitching a story idea for the 2016 Pride Guide, please complete the online submission form or contact the Editor-in-Chief, Michael Anthony Fowler, via e-mail: mafowler(at) All submissions will receive prompt review by the editorial team.


Story updated 11/01/2015 with updated readership number and country statistics.

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Events update

Postponement of Black Pride event (LGBTQ lives seminar)

Due to a change in our speaker’s schedule, this event is postponed to November. Please stay tuned for an announcement of the new date. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Venue change for the Latin@ Heritage and Pride Awards Reception

Due to logistical issues, the Latin@ Pride Awards and Reception has been rescheduled for November 12th, 2015 at 6pm. Stay tuned for more info.

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Help choose the 2016 Boston Pride theme

Community means everything to Pride, so we’re asking the Boston LGBT community and its allies – that means you! – to help choose the theme for Boston Pride 2016!

Past years have focused on topics such as trans rights, sustainability, and marriage equality, and no idea is off limits or out of bounds. Submit your ideas online from now through October 18, then check back for the finalists and cast your vote!


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LGBTQ Happy Hour – tomorrow!

Summer is officially over and fall is in the air! We know that means fewer weekends in Provincetown, but it’s not all bad. Fall also means football, foliage, and First Fridays with Boston Pride! Start the season right at our LGBTQ Happy Hour this Friday, October 2nd at Club Café. The fun starts at 5:30, hope to see you there!

P.S. We’re still looking for new recruits for the Boston Pride Committee, so why not swing by after work for a drink and ask how you can get involved?

When: Friday, October 2nd, starting at 5:30pm
Where: Club Café at 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA
Who: you and your friends!!


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Now accepting submissions for entertainment at the 2016 Boston Pride Concert

Boston Pride is now accepting submissions for entertainment at the Pride Concert, taking place at the 2016 Boston Pride Festival on City Hall Plaza on Saturday, June 11th, 2016. Performers and artists are encouraged to submit an electronic press kit (EPK) and their information to our Entertainment Team at Thank you!


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Black Pride event – LGBTQ Lives: Straight Talk, A Conversation with Allies

Due to a change in our speaker’s schedule, this event is postponed to November. Please stay tuned for an announcement of the new date. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Please join Boston Pride and Atrius Health on Tuesday, October 13th, starting at 6pm at the Harvard Vanguard Kenmore Practice, 133 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA.

This event will be centered on communicating with LGBT patients and colleagues and include insightful discussions around language, terms, and words we use and the legalities of workplace language.


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