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Will you help us raise $5,000 to provide free buses for LGBTQ youth from all around the Commonwealth to attend Youth Pride in May? Click here to support our youth!

It’s always someone’s first Pride. Your gift will enable some of the youngest members of our community to experience their first celebration in a safe and supportive environment. We’re counting on your support!

Want to donate now? Click here!

Thank you!

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Save the date for #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1st!

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Will you help us raise $5,000 to provide free buses for LGBTQ Youth to attend Youth Pride in May? Click here to support our youth!

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Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Sunday, November 22nd

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The 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be celebrated on Sunday, November 22nd, in Boston, starting at 4pm at St Paul’s Cathedral (138 Tremont St, Boston, MA). Boston Pride, a co-sponsor of the event, invites you all to attend and to show your support for our trans community. For more information about the event, please visit MTPC’s website here.

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AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit and World AIDS Day

Boston Pride is delighted to announce that it will sponsor the AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit (11/30-12/4) and World AIDS Day Community Reception (12/1) to be held at UMass Boston.

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT EXHIBIT
November 30 – December 4, 2015 | Campus Center, 2nd Floor Terrace
SECTIONS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE-NOMINATED AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT—the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that memorializes more than 90,000 individuals lost to AIDS—will be on display for public viewing at the UMass Boston Campus Center, 2nd floor terrace.

WORLD AIDS DAY COMMUNITY RECEPTION
December 1, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Campus Center, 2nd Floor Terrace
UMASS BOSTON INVITES YOU TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY 2015. Please join Chancellor J. Keith Motley and the University of Massachusetts Boston community for a reception featuring the Honorable Carl Sciortino, former state representative and the executive director of AIDS Action Committee. Enjoy light refreshments, view the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and hear from Sciortino regarding the importance of the history and the future of the AIDS epidemic. This reception is free to the UMass Boston Community.

SPONSORED BY: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Center, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Student Arts and Events Council (SAEC), University Health Services, Anthropology Department, Bay State Stonewall Democrats and Boston Pride

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1219414211405712/

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Register now for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade and Festival!

registernowBoston Pride is delighted to announce that registration for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade and Festival is now open. Register now to take advantage of the early bird pricing. The Festival sold out in 2015, so don’t delay!

Click here to register for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade

Click here to register for the 2016 Boston Pride Festival

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2016 Pride Theme: “Solidarity Through Pride”

The community has spoken, and the 2016 theme of the Boston Pride celebration will be “Solidarity Through Pride.” Thank you to the hundreds who participated in the vote this year!
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Statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris

Boston Pride sends our condolences, thoughts and support to the victims and their families of the Paris terrorist attacks. We stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and our colleagues at Paris Pride. We encourage all to join us for the Solidarity Rally tomorrow (Sunday) at noon at the Boston Common.

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TRANSFORME – Trans Awareness Month Film Screening on November 21st

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Join us for a screening of the documentary TRANSFORME, an investigation into the lives of four transgender teenagers. Alex, Dan, Luna, and Piper share their personal stories about coming out, and the difficulties and triumphs they faced throughout the process. A panel discussion on trans youth will follow the screening. The panel will be moderated by Maxwell Ng, chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

The event will be held at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, on Saturday, November 21st starting at 10:30am.

About Maxwell Ng

Maxwell NgMaxwell Ng currently serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. With MTPC he is currently working on legislation to protect trans people in public accommodations.

Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), an organization committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for LGBTQ people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston area. Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US.

And he is also a founding player and coach of the TrailStormers, the Boston based softball team dedicated to creating a fun and safe space for gender non-conforming and Trans people.

Maxwell enjoys playing softball with his teammates, queer geek pop culture, speaking in the third person, and cooking.

 


This event is sponsored by Boston Pride, MTPC, Fenway Health and the Boston LGBT Film Festival.

View, RSVP and share the event on Facebook!

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Please help pass transgender rights this year!

Lawmakers are stalling on legislation fully protecting transgender Bay Staters from discrimination—and the clock is ticking.

Right now, there is no firm commitment from state lawmakers to bring SB 735 & HB 1577—legislation prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public spaces like parks and hotels—to a vote this year, if ever.

On November 19th, legislators will break for the holidays. If they haven’t brought the issue to a vote by then, efforts to fully protect transgender people from discrimination will likely be stalled until 2017.

We have to keep the pressure on so legislators know: We can’t wait. This legislation needs a decision NOW—not two years down the line.

Contact your legislators now with Freedom Massachusetts and urge them to bring SB 735 and HB 1577 to vote before the end of the year.

The momentum is real. In the last 4 months alone, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs have joined with 160+ businesses like Google and Harvard Pilgrim to endorse full non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

We can absolutely pass this bill this year. Never before have we been so close. But we have to get a firm commitment from lawmakers to move SB 735 & HB 1577 forward and pass it before November 19th.

If we don’t, it could be another two years until transgender Bay Staters are fully protected under Massachusetts law.

Massachusetts should be leading the pack. It’s time for our lawmakers to commit to action. Click here to send a message and urge your lawmakers to act now on SB 735 and HB 1577: http://freedomMA.org/NoDelays.

Thanks for stepping up.

Boston Pride & Freedom Massachusetts

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