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Boston Black Pride Community Assembly on September 27: A Call to Defend Transgender Rights


On election day this November, ballot question 3 will ask Massachusetts voters whether to uphold the state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places, such as restaurants, shops, and hospitals. A “yes” vote would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. To be successful, we must build awareness of the ballot measure in the LGBTQ community and with our allies. For this reason, Boston Black Pride and Freedom For All Massachusetts will be hosting a Community Assembly to bring together leaders from all Boston LGBTQ organizations to discuss communication strategies for strengthening our coalition of voters. During the assembly, speakers will provide an update on the campaign, discuss strategies for building awareness, getting out the vote, and opportunities for each organization to become more involved in the campaign.

In addition to discussing strategies and advocating for everyone to vote, we have a special guest, keynote speaker Kryzia Salgado, on “Benefits From A Forgotten Art: Compassion.” We are excited to have this speaker come in and join us in support of the larger community. We hope you join us on this full and impactful evening filled with strategies and discussions, and ready to take on the ballot.

Food and light refreshments will be provided for the evening. If you are interested in attending please RSVP here.

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A reminder to vote on Tuesday!


Boston Pride reminds you to vote in the Massachusetts primaries this Tuesday, September 4. Please support those who support our community: your vote counts! For more information, consult WBUR’s voter guide here.

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Healing Our Community Collaborative (HOCC) event for women on September 10


Healing Our Community Collaborative (HOCC) Women invites you to join “HOCC with Pride for all Women” on Monday, September 10, starting at 12pm at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA. Lunch will be served and a special guest panel will focus on the topic: Transgender women – raising awareness, creating solidarity, and celebrating all women of HOCC. This event is sponsored by Boston Pride and the Boston Pride Community Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, CRI/HDAP, Boston Living Center, Family Health Center of Worcester, Passageway at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Fenway Health.
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Family Movie Night on September 29 “Love, Simon”


Boston Pride presents a new event, Family Movie Night at Faneuil Hall Marketplace — featuring the screening of “Love, Simon“. The event will be held on the West End of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, starting at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 29. This event is free. Thank you to the Marketplace for hosting this Pride event! Here is a quick synopsis for “Love, Simon”: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. This event is free and open to the public.

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Save the date! First planning meeting for Pride 2019 on September 11


You are invited! Boston Pride will hold its first planning meeting for the 2019 celebration on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, starting at 6:30pm at the Boston Pride office, 12 Channel St #503, Boston, MA. Join us to discover the various opportunities for involvement with our organization.

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Transgender equality in MA under threat

{[C-FIRST NAME:UC]}: Two years ago today, full transgender equality became the law of the land in Massachusetts.

Since July 2016 our transgender neighbors, family and friends have been protected from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and medical offices.

But this November, those protections could be wiped away as Massachusetts becomes the first state in the country to vote on transgender protections. A YES vote is a vote to uphold existing non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts.

If you’re a Massachusetts voter who believes in fairness for transgender people, click here to sign Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge and commit to voting YES this November!

And if you represent an organization that supports transgender equality in Massachusetts, click here to join the 1,000+ member strong Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition.

Across the state, Freedom for All Massachusetts is building a coalition unlike anything Massachusetts has seen before—with transgender people and their families standing with a coalition of more than 1,000 faith leaders, safety advocates, businesses and more.

But if we’re going to win on Election Day, we need every fair-minded person in Massachusetts to speak out and say YES to treating our transgender neighbors with dignity and respect.

By adding your name now to Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge, you’re committing to preserving Massachusetts’ rich tradition of leading on civil rights—by voting YES this November.

Sign the pledge now: Commit to voting YES on November 6th to uphold basic protections for transgender people in Massachusetts.

And if you represent an organization or business that supports protections for our transgender neighbors, click here to join the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition today.

Sylvain BRUNI
President, Boston Pride

P.S. We don’t yet know the ballot question number—but we expect to know soon. Once you sign Freedom for All Massachusetts’ pledge, they’ll keep you up to date at every turn!

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Inclusion feels good…. Especially the first time

Citizens Bank

Representing Citizens in the 2018 Boston Pride Parade was a true privilege. The colleagues who participated showed me the heart of our Business Resource Groups (BRG) and the bank’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This was my first time participating in a Pride Parade. Going into the day, I was excited but also nervous about how people might react to me. Even with my glitter-covered face, Citizens’ colleagues encouraged my Pride enthusiasm – every single one was supportive and equally excited to be there. Anyone could tell this wasn’t just some “have to” volunteerism. The individuals and families who showed up put their hearts into this event.

I was thrilled and inspired by the cheering parade attendees who were happy to see Citizens Bank – some even pulled out their debit cards and yelled “You’re my bank!” The looks of sheer happiness on these customers’ faces were so heartwarming because it showed that the inclusion we promote within the bank translates into how we treat each customer.

I am grateful to be a part of the Citizens Pride BRG and our involvement in the Boston Pride Parade reaffirmed for me the bank’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This event inspired me to continue participating in BRG activities and sharing our mantra of inclusion and love throughout our communities.

— Emily Eash, Personal Banker, Citizens Bank

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Program for Sunday, June 10

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Sunday, June 10
1-9pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
Back Bay Block Party
St James Ave (at Berkeley St, Boston, MA)
2-8pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
JP Block Party
Perkins St (at Center St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
Featuring the 6th Annual Divas, Dogs & Drag Show, DJ L’Duke (LeahV), emcee Sapphira Cristal and live performance by New Fame.
9pm
Flagship Event
[email protected]
NEW
Pride Grand Finale
The Grand (58 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA)
All proceeds benefit Boston Pride programming.
> Get your ticket now
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Program for Saturday, June 9

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Saturday, June 9
10am-12pm Pride Services
Union Church, Old South Church
11am-6pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Festival
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-7pm Festival Bar
Across from the stage at City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon-6pm
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Concert
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
12noon
Flagship Event
Boston Pride Parade
Copley Square to City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
1:30-7pm
[email protected]
Chandler St Block Party
Corner of Chandler St and Berkeley St (Boston, MA)
2-7pm
[email protected]
Esme Women’s Block Party
Corner of Lagrange St and Tremont St (Boston, MA)
6-10pm
Flagship Event
Youth Pride
Boston Pride Youth Dance
City Hall Plaza (Boston, MA)
7-10:30pm
Latinx Pride
Black Pride
[email protected]
PrEP for Pride Community Boat Cruise
Mass Bay Lines (60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA)
> Free tickets available here
9pm-2am
Flagship Event
[email protected]
LUSH: Official Womxn Pride Party
ICON Nightclub (100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA)
> Get your ticket now
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Program for Friday, June 8

Happy Pride 2018! Please find below the list of events for today. For continuous coverage of Boston Pride 2018, please tune in to NBC 10 Boston or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Friday, June 8
6pm Boston Dyke March
Parkman Bandstand (Boston Common, Boston, MA)
7:30pm
Pride Arts
Back Bay Ringers Concert
First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA)
8pm
Pride Arts
Screening: Call Me By Your Name
MFA – Auditorium 161 (465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA)
> Get your tickets now
9pm-1am
[email protected]
Official Dyke March Afterparty
Milky Way at The Brewery (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA)
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