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Boston Pride expresses support for Pride organizers in Starkville, MS


As a founding member of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers, Boston Pride is expressing its support for the Pride organizers of Starkville, MS, who have been denied a permit to hold their first-event celebration. Boston Pride fully endorses the following statement released by InterPride:

[We] declare that LGBTQ+ rights are Human Rights. Furthermore, we believe in advocating for full and equal human and civil rights protecting LGBTQ+ citizens and every person in the United States of America from discrimination in all its forms and are therefore saddened by the recent events that took place in Starkville, Mississippi. […]

Pride is a celebration of diversity, inclusion and love and we fully support Starkville Pride as they pursue a peaceful resolution to what we believe has been a miscarriage of justice by their city government in not allowing them the opportunity to peacefully assemble to celebrate our community’s love and support for those individuals who identify as gender and sexually diverse.

We believe that the right to celebrate love is fundamental and inalienable for all persons in the United States and trust that our legal system will allow Starkville Pride to continue on its journey of love.

Our support is for the LGBTQ+ folk of Starkville and our hope is for an immediate resolution of this miscarriage of justice.

Click here to download the full statement. [PDF – 1 Mo]

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We are looking for participants in a special project…

Do you have a job that is often under appreciated by society? Want to participate in a cool project? We’re looking for people with jobs in fast food, sanitation, delivery, service, labor, and other often overlooked fields. Contact Kevin at kschattenkirk@bostonpride.org for more information.

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We are looking for local entertainers!

Perform at Boston Pride 2018

Boston Pride’s entertainment team is looking for local, community-based artists and performers for our 2018 Pride Concert. Do you have what it takes to perform at Pride? We want to hear from you. Please submit your electronic press kit (EPK) by email. We are looking for a set of complementary acts that illustrate the great diversity of our community. We look forward to hearing from you!

Click here to contact our entertainment team and submit your act or performance!

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Save the date for the Pride Spring Open House on March 29!

2018 Pride Spring Open House on March 29

Save the date for the 2018 Pride Spring Open House, to be held on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30pm, at the Pride office, 12 Channel St #503, Boston, MA. During the Open House, the 2018 Marshals will be formally introduced, and Boston Pride will make several announcements about the 2018 Boston Pride Week celebration. Food and refreshments will be served.

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Announcing the 2018 Boston Black Pride Calendar

Boston Black Pride is proud to announce a series of events to celebrate Black History Month this February. From educational events to fun activities, eight events have already been scheduled: Drag Bingo Brunch, Taste of Tuesday, Flow Yoga, Drag Paint Night, and more! Mark your calendars for a celebration not to miss. Click here to view the calendar of events…

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Special Event: The Menopausal Mermaid on January 28th at Club Cafe!

What’s better than a Fairy tale in Drag set to 80s disco? One that benefits Boston Pride! Join us for a special seating of The Menopausal Mermaid January 28th to benefit Boston Pride.

The Menopausal Mermaid- A Parody Reimagined

Hilarious Spoofs on Songs!
New Dancers, Choreography, Set & Costumes!

Boston Pride Benefit Show:

Sunday January 28th 1 pm

Club Café – Moonshine Room
209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA
(doors open at 12 noon)
Cabaret-style table service for brunch-and-a-show (20% off food with your show ticket)
Click here for more info/tickets

Ariel, everyone’s darling from The Little Mermaid, is not feeling it. Betrayed by Eric, cursed by Ursula, she is ready to kick ass and take names in this 90-minute musical parody that picks up where the Disney fairy tale left off. Tired of playing by the rules, Ariel is reinventing herself, and along the way she takes on love, fame, Walt Disney, and anyone and anything that’s ever tried to keep a woman in her place.

The show is a kaleidoscope of fantastic drag, sexy sailors, outrageous costumes, and all your favorite 80s disco tracks re imagined and served up hot. Grab your bestie, throw on something cute, and get ready to rock the house with Ariel and her boys in this must see theater event!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3192262?date=1820990
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/menopausalmermaid/
Web: www.menopausalmermaid.info

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Save the date: 2018 Youth Valentine’s Dance on February 24th

Tickets available now online for $7: Click here to get your tickets!

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Happy New Year 2018

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Over $10,000 raised for Puerto Rico’s LGBT community relief efforts!

Boston’s LGBTQ and Ally Community Come Together To Help Make the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Brunch Fundraiser at Club Café a Big Success

Donations exceed $10,000 and are still being accepted

(Photo on left: Wilfred Labiosa, Marco Torres, Photo on right: Drag performers with Wilfred Labiosa at Hurricane Relief Brunch at Club Café waiting to go on stage)

(Boston) December 21, 2017 – Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving campaign to raise funds for Hurricane Relief efforts for the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico has surpassed expectations after holding a fundraising drive on Giving Tuesday and hosting a brunch on Sunday, December 17 at Club Café alongside Boston Latinx Pride and Club Cafe. The total amount raised is over $10,000 and donations are still being accepted online at http://www.bostonpride.org/pr/ Funds raised will benefit Waves Ahead, a Puerto Rico based non-profit organization that provides support to the LGBTQ community that has been affected by Hurricane Maria which has devastated the island.

 

The fundraising brunch at the Club Café was sold out and featured entertainment by drag performers Verna Turbulence, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil, Jayden Jamison KA St. James, Tee Sparks, Kamden T. Rage and Karroll Barreneche who donated their time, talent and tips for the event.  Guitarist Gian Carlo Buscaglia, who also donated his time, serenaded the audience with traditional holiday songs from the Latino community.

 

(Gian Carlo Buscaglia)

 

 

“Boston Pride is tremendously grateful to those who attended the Hurricane Relief brunch and to the performers who donated their time,” said Marco Torres, Boston Pride Board Member and Chair of Latinx Pride. “The event was truly a rainbow representation from our community that cares so deeply about others and who rallied around this important cause to help our LGBTQ Community in Puerto Rico.”

 

At the brunch, Wilfred Labiosa, former Boston Pride Board Member and founder of Latinx Pride and Manager of Waves Ahead, told the crowd about the current situation in Puerto Rico for the LGBTQ community and others, many of whom are affected by depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome and other afflictions in the aftermath of the hurricane.

 

“There is still time to donate and make a huge difference in the lives of LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico who have been severely impacted by the Hurricane. $28 will provide one month of clean drinking water for one person, $1,000 will provide a generator and one month of meals for one person, and any level of donation is appreciated.”

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Boston Pride VP Linda DeMarco elected co-president of InterPride

Boston Pride Takes on a Major Role in InterPride

Linda DeMarco Elected as Co-President

(Boston, MA) – December 5, 2017 – Boston Pride is taking on a major role in InterPride, the international organization that ties together more than 220 Prides from across the globe with two of its leaders in key positions. Boston Pride Vice President Linda DeMarco was recently elected Co-President of InterPride at its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in early October. In 2016, Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni was elected as an InterPride Regional Director representing the North East Regional States. This adds to the strength and commitment to InterPride from Boston Pride.

Boston Pride is one of the five founders of InterPride which was established in 1982, in Boston, when representatives from various Pride organizations across the U.S. gathered to share their common experiences and support each other. In 2012, Boston Pride hosted the 30th Annual InterPride World Conference.

“It is truly an honor to lead InterPride as it has its roots in Boston where the commitment to advocating for the LGBTQ community is without question,” said DeMarco. “I look forward to leading InterPride as we need to ensure that all Prides around the world are represented and have a voice.”

In her role as Co-President, DeMarco will set the vision and the agenda for InterPride and its board of 49 members from across the globe. She is Co-President with Brett Hayhoe of Australia. Previously, DeMarco had served as InterPride’s Treasurer.

DeMarco has been involved with the LGBTQ advocacy community for more than 20 years, beginning in the 1980’s when she marched in her first Boston Pride Parade in honor of a friend who passed away from AIDS. She is past President of Boston Pride, the fourth largest Pride parade in the country.

DeMarco has been recognized for her decades of service to the LGBTQ community and received the David LaFontaine Award for Excellence in Commitment to LGBT Youth. She has also been honored by the Gay Officers Action League and also received an Abigail Adams award from the Mass. Women’s Political Caucus for her outstanding work. DeMarco is also an accomplished businesswoman as the owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery in Jamaica Plain that she has operated for more than 20 years.

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