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Boston Pride attends the 2018 NERP Conference


Boston Pride attended the 2018 North East Regional Pride (NERP) conference, hosted by Rhode Island Pride this month in Providence, RI. Twelve members of our Committee networked with fellow Pride organizers in the northeast United States, and attended educational sessions, with topics ranging from “LGBTI Human Rights at the UN” and “Active Shooter Training” to “Creating and Sustaining Effective Organizational Cultures” and “An Intergenerational Approach to Pride”. Additionally, two members of the Boston Pride Committee, Boston Pride Guide Co-editor Jessie DeStefano, and Advising Editor Michael Anthony Fowler, delivered a hands-on workshop about developing inclusivity policies. The 2018 NERP conference also marked the end of Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni’s term as regional director, a position that affords representation for NERP members on the board of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers. Our organization’s strong presence at this conference, and our continued involvement with InterPride, shows the leadership role Boston Pride is taking in the Pride movement worldwide.

Boston Pride Committee members Jessie DeStefano and Michael Anthony Fowler teach a workshop on Inclusivity Policies at NERP 2018

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Congratulations to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for their award-winning ad in the 2017 Boston Pride Guide!

Boston Pride congratulates Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, winner of a Merit award from ​​the Hatch Awards for Corporate Communications​, for their “Proud” advertisement which was specially designed for inclusion in the 2017 Boston Pride Guide. The advertisement, from the Allen & Gerritsen agency (Bella Oriella – art director, and Erin Arbaugh – copywriter), prominently features a “Proud” ambigram, illustrating their strategy “No letter left behind”. An ambigram is a “typographical design consisting of text modified in such a way that it can be read in multiple orientations” (Oxford Dictionary). According to the designer, in this advertisement, the ambigram “celebrates identity and orientation on a spectrum rather than on a binary scale,” as a symbol of inclusivity of all components of our community. Boston Pride is ​extremely proud that​ our advertisers are making intentional efforts to design high-quality ads expressly for our community magazine and its diverse readership. Click here to learn more about the design of this award-winning advertisement!

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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 [email protected] 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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