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From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving2016 The Boston Pride family wishes you a joyful and safe Thanksgiving celebration. We all have a lot to be thankful for. At Pride, we are very thankful for our community’s diversity and willingness to challenge the status quo, for the better of LGBT people in Boston and beyond. 2017 will be a busy year for all of us, but, for now, let’s spend some quality time with friends, families and loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Contributors Wanted!

We are looking for contributors!

Are you a writer, photographer, or artist? Would you like to have your work seen by queer people and allies around the world? Boston Pride is currently seeking community members 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. In addition to distributing 25,000 print copies of the Pride Guide throughout New England, we offered a digital version of the Guide that has reached 30,000+ readers in 105 different countries! That means the Guide’s 90+ contributors have had their work seen by a diverse international readership, some even residing in countries with environments hostile to LGBTQ people.

We are #wickedproud to produce a Guide with content and contributors that reflect the great diversity of our community, but we can’t do it without your help! If you’re interested in pitching a story idea for the 2017 Pride Guide, please complete the online submission form or contact the Editor-in-Chief, Michael Anthony Fowler, via e-mail. All submissions will receive prompt review by the editorial team.

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Submit your application to the 2017 Boston Pride Community Fund

You may now submit your application

Boston Pride is inviting grassroots organizations in our community to submit their application to the 2017 Boston Pride Community Fund. Once a year, in support of our vision and mission, Boston Pride gives back monies raised during our events to non-profit organizations and groups within our community. Through the Boston Pride Community Fund, we aim to offer support and visibility to small and community-based projects. To learn more about the Community Fund, the process, eligibility criteria and conditions, please visit our Community Fund application.

Submit your application! Click here!

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Vote for the 2017 Pride Theme

Vote for the 2017 Boston Pride Theme

Voting is now open for the selection of the 2017 Boston Pride theme! Everyone can go online and vote for their favorite theme. This year, Boston Pride received a record 79 nominations (compared to 27 last year). We thank the community very much for this high level of participation. Although it was a difficult challenge, the list of candidate themes was narrowed down to the following seven themes:

  • Stronger Together
  • #StepUp for ______!
  • Still Proud, Still Fighting
  • Together As One
  • One Nation – Many Peoples
  • Heroes. Super to us.
  • One Heart, One Pulse
  • Voting on the 2017 Pride Theme is open until Wednesday, November 30th at 11:59pm. The Pride Theme selected by the community will be announced officially on December 1st, at which time applications for the Pride Parade and Festival will also be released.

    To learn about past Pride Themes, click here.

    To vote for a Pride Theme for 2017, click here!

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    Pissed off about the election? Don’t boo, step up!

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    Dear community,

    The stunning outcome of the presidential election has left many members of our community in shock, wondering what the future will hold for LGBT folks. Our president-elect has publicly declared that he would rescind marriage equality. Our vice-president-elect has publicly declared his opposition to equality for the LGBT community, and his support of the abominable practice of conversion therapy. Both have endorsed the idea of racial profiling and “nationwide stop-and-frisk.” This is particularly chilling for trans* members of our community, for people of color, for immigrants. Add to this our president-elect’s bragging about sexually assaulting women. We support a peaceful transition of power and the healing our nation greatly needs, but we will remain vigilant.

    Years of progress in our society are at stake. The question for each and every one of us, individuals and organizations, is to decide what we will do about it. As the late Ted Kennedy proclaimed, “the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

    Boston Pride renews its commitment to empowering our community through events and visibility, through education and discussions, through activism and engagement. Our team is ready to step up.

    And we call on each and every one of you to step up as well. This is the time to organize. This is the time to mobilize. This is the time to lay the groundwork for continued progress in our beloved country. We will not back down and we will not stay silent. We will rise and we will shine.

    Please consider joining Boston Pride or any other grassroots organization in our community. The time is now.

    We invite you to attend our next Pride planning meeting, November 15th at 6:30pm at the Boston Pride office, 12 Channel St #503, Boston, MA. In the coming weeks, Boston Pride will announce further engagement opportunities. Everyone is always welcome to attend our committee meetings.

    In Pride,

    The Boston Pride board of directors: Sylvain Bruni, Linda DeMarco, Malcolm Carey, Charlene Charles, Marco Torres.

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    Stunned

    A message from Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride, to the Boston Pride Committee – Boston, MA – 11/9/2016

    Dear all,

    The stunning upset victory of the Republican candidate in the presidential election along with the status quo of control of both the House and the Senate by the Republican party are likely to constitute a pivotal setback for equal rights and for the LGBT community.

    Should this new, overwhelming, conservative majority indeed govern as it campaigned, gender and sexual minorities, people of color, people with disabilities, women, religious minorities, immigrants and countless others will face greater discrimination and greater risks.

    And that makes our work more important than ever. We must rise and continue the fight for equality, the fight for visibility, the fight against discrimination.

    This is not the first challenge our community has had to face, and I am confident that this setback will motivate each and every one of us to renew our commitment to our community and to Pride. The fight ahead will be long and arduous, but many in our community and beyond depend heavily on it.

    With Pride,

    Sylvain


    Sylvain Bruni
    pronouns: he/him/his

    President, Boston Pride
    Publisher, The Boston Pride Guide

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    Today is Election Day: go vote!

    your_vote_counts_buttonThis is your friendly reminder from Boston Pride that today, November 8th, is election day. We encourage our community to go and vote. More information about where to vote is available at http://www.wheredoivotema.com. Polls are open 7am-8pm, so make your voice heard!

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    Nominate a Pride Theme for 2017!

    pridetheme2017-suggestBoston Pride is delighted to announce that nominations for the 2017 Pride Theme are now open. Members of the community are invited to submit candidate themes online by Monday, November 14th at 11:59pm. Boston Pride continues its tradition of community engagement and decision-making in the selection of the Pride Theme. Each year, the LGBTQ community in the Greater Boston area is encouraged to suggest Pride Themes, and then to vote on their preferred theme (from a pared-down selection of themes). The theme suggestion period will run November 1-14, and voting on the 2017 Pride Theme will occur between November 15-30. The Pride Theme selected by the community will be announced officially on December 1st, at which time applications for the Pride Parade and Festival will also be released.

    To learn about past Pride Themes, click here.

    To suggest a Pride Theme for 2017, click here!

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    Help wanted!

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    The Boston Pride Guide team is looking for an additional Sales Representative for the Greater Boston and Rhode Island area. This is a commission-only position, selling ads to LGBTQ-friendly businesses for the official 2017 Boston Pride Guide. This Sales Representative will work with the sales team leveraging an existing list of prospects, but is also expected bring their own. This position is ideal for a self-starter and highly motivated individual.

    As diversity is a critical value of our publication, people of color and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    To express interest in the position and/or to inquire further about the opportunity, please contact Boston Pride via email at BBerggren@bostonpride.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.

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