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Passing of Jim Campbell

stacks_image_79Boston Pride learned with great sadness today of the passing of Jim Campbell, the President and CEO of NEAHOF, the New England Association on HIV over Fifty. Jim worked tirelessly for HIV care and prevention, especially in the aging population. We will remember his dedication and commitment to our community, which he exemplified in 2012 when he volunteered at the 30th anniversary Annual World Conference of InterPride, hosted by Boston Pride. We will miss him dearly. A memorial service will be organized in September, and we will share details when available.


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First Pride 2016 planning meeting next week!

The first planning meeting for Pride 2016 will be held next Tuesday, September 1st, starting at 6:30pm at the Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118. A lot of positions are open on the committee, and, as always, we’re looking for a diverse set of folks to embark on the great adventure of producing Pride events! See you on Tuesday!

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Shira Banki Memorial and Solidarity Gathering on September 9th


Please join us on Wednesday, September 9th, from 6pm to 7pm, for a Memorial and Solidarity Gathering to honor the memory of Shira Banki, who was murdered at Jerusalem Pride, and to express our grief and outrage at this attack, along with the murders of Ali and Sa’ad Dawabshe who died in the attack on their home in Duma.

The event will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA.

We will stand together as a community to condemn senseless hatred and all forms of extremist violence.

Sponsored by: Boston Pride, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Consulate General of Israel to New England, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, Keshet, New England Anti-Defamation League, New Israel Fund, Temple Israel.

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Laugh. Out. Proud. Comedy Night on 8/23!


Join Laugh Boston, Boston Pride and some of Boston’s sharpest comics (yeah, we said Boston a lot there—but Boston is great, duh!) on Sunday, August 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

This show features Will Smalley – one of New England’s most hilarious comedians. Will has played our region’s top clubs, venues and colleges—and recently performed in the 7th Annual Women In Comedy Festival.

Show line up: Emily Ruskowski and Jenny Chalikian!

Recently named Boston’s Best Comedy Club by The Improper Bostonian, Laugh Boston is an upscale comedy club located in the lively Seaport District. Laugh Boston features comedy’s top national headliners and hilarious local acts. The club is located in the Westin Waterfront Hotel next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The club has a full bar (hooray for cocktails!) and a light fare, quick-serve menu.

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Farewell to Ariel Miranda Gibbs

Updated 8/15/2015 – There will be a Celebration Of Life for Ariel Maranda Gibbs in Boston, MA on Saturday, October 3rd:
Memorial Service
St. John the Evangelist Church
35 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA

Mercy Meal and Celebration to follow @ Club Café’s Reception Room (209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA)

Boston Pride mourns the loss of Ariel Miranda Gibbs, a former Miss Boston Pride, who passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Ariel was a performer at Jacques Cabaret since the 1980s and a former Empress of the Imperial Court of Massachusetts. Ariel and her involvement in our community will be greatly missed.

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Boston Pride condemns attack on the Jerusalem Pride Parade and expresses solidarity with Israel’s LGBT community

Boston, MA – Thursday, June 30th, 2015 – Boston Pride condemns the horrific attack that occurred today at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem, where participants were stabbed repeatedly by a religious extremist as the procession marched peacefully through the streets of the holy city. This tragic incident reminds us why Pride events are still needed around the world, to ensure the visibility of the LGBT community and promote acceptance and equality everywhere. Our hearts go to the victims, their families and the entire LGBT community in Jerusalem and Israel. Boston Pride stands in solidarity with Jerusalem Open House, the organizer of the annual Gay Pride celebration in the Israeli capital. We also acknowledge that the attack is roundly condemned by Israeli authorities.

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The Boston Teen Acting Troupe premieres “i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost” at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe is premiering a new play by MJ Halberstadt entitled: i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lostThe story follows 19-year-old Devon Fleeter and his younger brothers as they flee from their parents, who have been punishing the boys’ allegiance to middle child Joshua’s gender transition. i don’t know where… is a brash new play about family, starting over, and growing up.
The production will run at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston Pride community is invited to attend the first weekend of performances: July 30 – Aug 2. Use promo code IDK5 for $5 off your ticket (note there is also a $15 student rate). Tickets can be purchased here.
About the Playwright
MJ Halberstadt is a Boston‐based playwright and alumnus of Emerson College (BA Theatre Education) and Boston University (MFA Playwriting). Full‐lengths include Brute (Pingree School), Grindr (and other concerns) (The Survivalists), i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost (Boston Teen Acting Troupe), That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink Theatre), The Launch Prize (Bridge Rep of Boston) and not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston). He has had short plays presented at Boston Actors Theater, FV Productions, The Brick, Happy Medium Theatre, KNOW Theatre, Little Fish Theatre and StrangeDog Theatre. He has earned invitations to the Boston Center for the Arts and Company One’s PlayLab, Boston University’s Creative Writing Global Fellowship, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region 1 conference and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He is a Founding Artistic Associate of Bridge Rep of Boston and member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. By day, Halberstadt is an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Emerson College. He grew up on Long Island and currently lives just West of Boston with his fiancé.
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Marriage Equality Celebration – 6pm at the State House


Join us for a historic celebration at the
Massachusetts State House

T: Park Street

#LoveWins #WickedProud

The US Supreme Court ruled YES on marriage equality! Come together for a historic event featuring community leaders and speakers. The celebration will start at 6pm on the steps to the State House, located on Beacon St. Join marriage equality supporters from across the state and beyond to celebrate how far we’ve come and look to a future with full justice for all.

Co-hosted by
AIDS Action Committee
American Civil Liberties Union
Anti-Defamation League
Bisexual Resource Center
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Boston Pride
Cambridge Men’s Group
Fenway Health
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Greater Boston PFLAG
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
Human Rights Campaign
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
National LGBTQ Task Force
OUT MetroWest
Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA)
Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry
SpeakOUT Boston
The Network/La Red

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Statement from Boston Pride Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision


Boston Pride rejoices in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the right of same sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Massachusetts has been a leader in the movement for LGBT equality, from the groundbreaking Goodridge decision in Massachusetts that paved the way for this historic moment today.  Boston Pride joins with all who have advocated and supported the right to marry for the LGBT community.

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Statement from Boston Pride about the tragedy in Charleston, SC

Boston Pride extends its sympathy to the community of Charleston, South Carolina and others affected by the tragic, senseless mass murders of nine worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  We offer our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and we stand united with those who seek to end all hate crimes and to promote healing across all divides.


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