The 2018 Boston Pride Theme is “Rainbow Resistance” as selected by the community through our annual online vote. Thank you to all who voted or suggested themes this year! This theme is a call for every segment of our community to unite in the resistance against the oppression and backwards policies of the current administration in Washington, DC, the systemic threats to communities of color and trans people in our country, and the potential repeal of trans equality legislation in Massachusetts. The social media hashtags for the 2018 Boston Pride celebration will be #WickedProud and #RainbowResistance.
World AIDS Day occurs every December 1st to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS around the world. A wealth of resources and information is available from the hiv.gov website. We encourage everyone to learn about the epidemic and prevention methods, and to get tested. You may locate the nearest testing facility using this online tool.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2018 Boston Pride Parade is now open. Book your parade spot early to benefit from the 20% early bird discount. Don’t delay: this is the largest parade in New England! The Boston Pride Parade is an incredible opportunity to connect with over 500,000 community members to show your support for our community and our fight for equality, to promote your services, and to engage with the community. Registration fees are unchanged from 2017.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2018 Boston Pride Festival is now open. Book your booth space early to benefit from the 20% early bird discount. Spaces sold out very early in 2017, so don’t delay. The Boston Pride Festival is an incredible opportunity to connect with over 100,000 community members to promote your services and products, to recruit members and customers alike, and to support the LGBT community as a whole. Registration fees are unchanged from 2017.
As part of Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving Campaign to support the LGBT community in Puerto Rico, Latinx Pride and Club Café present the LGBTQ Puerto Rico Relief Brunch Fundraiser to be held on Sunday, December 17th, from 12noon to 4pm. The event will feature special drag performances by Verna Turbulence, Tiny Williams, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil, and Kamden T. Rage! Master Troubadour will delight the crowd with his sweet voice with songs from all of Latinoamérica! More information about the Brunch is available on Facebook here. You may purchase your ticket now for this special event. All proceeds from the event will benefit Waves Ahead, a local Puerto Rican organization that provides specific support to LGBT community members after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it is now time for #GivingTuesday, a day of generosity to support causes all over the country and around the globe. This year, Boston Pride is partnering with Waves Ahead, a local, LGBT, Puerto Rican organization, to provide support and relief to LGBT individuals and families on the island, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
We call on our community to give generously, today. Thank you in advance.
DONATE $28 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF CLEAN WATER FOR ONE
This donation of $28 will cover the cost of providing 1 month of clean water to one person in Puerto Rico.
DONATE $60 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF WATER AND TOILETRIES FOR ONE
This donation of $60 will cover the cost of clean water and toiletries for one month for one person in Puerto Rico.
DONATE $150 TO PROVIDE 1 MONTH OF WATER AND MEALS FOR ONE
This donation of $150 will cover the cost of water and meals for one month for one person in Puerto Rico.
Boston Pride’s 2017 End-of-Year Giving Campaign to Raise Funds for the LGBT Community in Puerto Rico, Support Relief Efforts After Hurricane Maria
Starting with #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Boston Pride is launching its annual end-of-year giving campaign to support the LGBT community in Puerto Rico, which has greatly suffered from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Almost two months after Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico is still reeling from its effects, and aid and recovery are perilously limited. To help relief efforts, Boston Pride is partnering with Waves Ahead, a local Puerto Rican organization that provides specific support to LGBT community members. 100% of the funds collected during this campaign will be sent to Waves Ahead’s assistance program. This campaign will be held until Sunday, December 31st, 2017.
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Save the date for our LGBTQ Puerto Rico Relief Brunch Fundraiser at Club Café on Sunday, December 17th, 12noon-4pm. More information coming soon…
Monday, November 20th is the 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which memorializes trans individuals who have died because of transphobia and acts of violence against the trans community. TDOR was inspired by the vigil held for Rita Hester, a trans woman from Allston, MA, who was murdered in 1998. Boston Pride invites all in our community to come and remember those we have lost. You may find a list of events here. Boston’s transgender community remembers local victims Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Diane Carter, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, Rita Hester, CJ Garber, and too many more.
Interested in contributing to the Boston Pride Guide? Have a story worth broadcasting to our community? Then submit your idea to the Boston Pride Guide editorial team! Click here to submit your story now. Our team prides itself in covering themes and topics seldom published by news organizations. This is a great opportunity to ensure community-wide awareness on a variety of issues relevant to LGBTQ populations. For examples of past stories published in the Boston Pride Guide visit our collection of past issues here.
Applications are now open for Boston Pride’s 2018 Community Fund! Grassroots organizations in the community are invited to submit their grant requests online before the deadline of Friday, December 15th, 11:59pm. Through the annual Community Fund, Boston Pride aims to offer support and visibility to small and community-based projects, and to emerging organizations in our community. The Boston Pride Community Fund is sustained by donations collected during three key Pride events: the High Heel Dash, the JP Block Party, and the Back Bay Block Party. To learn more about the Community Fund, the process, eligibility criteria and conditions, please visit our Community Fund resource page. To apply now, click here!