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Statement on the passing of Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker


Boston Pride mourns the loss of a great artist and dear friend, Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow Pride flag. Since its conception in 1978, this flag has embodied the diversity and beauty of our community, and our ongoing fight for equal rights. During the Boston Pride Parade on June 10th, as our community continues to march for inclusivity, equality, respect and awareness, we will proudly parade Gilbert’s flag throughout Boston, honoring his legacy and grassroots work in behalf of all LGBTQ people.

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Boston Price Announces 2017 Pride Parade Grand and Honorary Marshals

Left to Right: Kristen Porter, Grand Marshal; Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride; and Linda DeMarco, Vice President of Boston Pride

Left to Right: Kristen Porter, Grand Marshal; Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride; and Linda DeMarco, Vice President of Boston Pride

(Boston, MA) – March 24, 2017 – Boston Pride announces that the Grand Marshals and Honorary Marshals for the 47th Annual Boston Pride Parade are: Grand Marshal Kristen Porter, Honorary Marshals, awarded posthumously, the late Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray. The marshals were announced at Boston Pride’s Spring Open House held last night after an online vote of the community.

 

“We are excited to announce the 2017 Pride Marshals, chosen by the community, who have done an amazing job over many decades to represent, to support and to benefit a wide spectrum of the LGBTQ community,” said Sylvain Bruni, Boston Pride President. “We look forward to having Kristen Porter lead the parade while also honoring the legacies of Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray.”

 

The Boston Pride Parade is a march to celebrate and promote equal rights for the region’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The Parade, that kicks off at noon from Copley Square on Saturday, June 10, is the premier event of Pride Week, which will be held June 2 to 11. As one of the biggest and most popular Pride Parades in the country, individuals and organizations from around New England will walk together to advocate for equality, respect and inclusivity.

 

Parade Chair Martha Plaza says that the 2017 Pride Theme will truly bring the community together during the parade.  “On June 10, we will march as a community that is ‘Stronger Together’ as our diverse community is represented in the parade, demonstrating that we will stand up for each other and continue to fight for civil rights for all.”

 

Grand Marshal

2017 Boston Pride Grand Marshal Kristen Porter

2017 Boston Pride Grand Marshal Kristen Porter

Kristen Porter, founder of Kristen Porter Presents Dyke Night®, is celebrating 20 years of serving the LGBTQ community. Kristen has donated her time and money to Dyke Night’s philanthropic mission to make the world better for the LGBTQ community by creating high quality inclusive events that support the community artistically, socially and philanthropically.

 

Honorary Marshals (Posthumous)

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal Norman Hill

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal Norman Hill

Norman Hill, former President of Gay Officers Action League New England, was Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police Department and worked with then Police Commissioner William Bratton to initiate LGBTQ recruitment.

 

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal Dr. Judy Bradford

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal Dr. Judy Bradford

Dr. Judy Bradford, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute from its inception in 2001, played a key role in building a framework for LGBTQ-focused research and teaching. Her work has improved the lives of those whose minority status often makes their needs unseen or disregarded.

 

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal John Michael Gray

2017 Boston Pride Honorary Marshal John Michael Gray

John Michael Gray, half of the famous ‘Hat Sisters’, was a prominent Massachusetts LGBTQ community activist who helped raise money for causes ranging from AIDS healthcare to cancer research.

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2017 Boston Pride Community Fund: Boston Pride distributes over $20,000 to 16 organizations

Boston, MA – March 10, 2017>– Today, Boston Pride announced the recipients of the 2017 Boston Pride Community Fund that was established to provide grants to small nonprofits and other groups that support the LGBTQ community. Boston Pride convened an independent panel of community members who processed all the applications received at the end of 2016.

“It is our honor to announce the 2017 grant recipients of our Community Fund,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “Reflecting this year’s Pride theme, Boston Pride is committed to building a community that is ‘Stronger Together’ and by supporting these community-based organizations we will all benefit from the tremendous work they do and their contributions to the LGBTQ community.”

The Boston Pride Community Fund was established by contributions received at last year’s Back Bay Block Party, Jamaica Plain Block Party and several other Pride events. It is Boston Pride’s vision to support the Community Fund annually by giving back funds raised to small nonprofit organizations and groups within the LGBTQ Community. These awards provide the opportunity to educate the entire community about the important work these organizations and groups are performing in service of the LGBTQ community.

2017 Boston Pride Community Fund recipients:

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Statement on the 2017 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Boston, MA – March 8, 2017 – Boston Pride strongly condemns the exclusion of OUTVETS from the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Boston Pride had a positive experience representing the LGBT community as we marched in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2015 and 2016. Our contingent felt welcomed by the crowds and the neighborhood on those historic occasions. It was evident that the support for Boston Pride was sincere. However, due to our organization’s priorities and our focus on planning the many events during Boston Pride Week 2017, we have elected to not participate in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We invite everyone to be a part of Pride Week, which runs from June 2 to June 11, 2017.

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Save the date! Pride Spring Open House on March 23rd

pridespringopenhouse The annual Pride Spring Open House will be held on Thursday, March 23rd starting at 6:30pm, and the Boston Pride office, 12 Channel St #503, Boston, MA. During the event, the 2017 Marshals will be revealed and a series of announcements for Pride 2017 will be made. This event is free, but we ask that members of the community who wish to attend register. Food and beverages will be served.

Click here to reserve your free spot at the Pride Spring Open House…

For more info about the Pride Spring Open House, click here!

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Vote now for your 2017 Boston Pride Marshals!

marshalvote Voting for the 2017 Boston Pride Marshals is now open. Community members are invited to click here to cast their vote and select those individuals and organizations to be specifically honored during the 2017 Boston Pride celebration. The 2017 nominees for Boston Pride Marshals are (in alphabetical order): Jason Hayes, The Imperial Court of MA, Kristen Porter, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, and City Council President Michelle Wu. The vote will be open until 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 15th. Winners will be announced at the Boston Pride Spring Open House to be held on Thursday, March 23rd at the Pride office, 12 Channel St, Boston, MA.

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Statement regarding the Trump administrations’ rescinding of protections for trans* students in public schools

Boston – Wednesday, February 22nd – Boston Pride condemns the executive order issued by the Trump administration that rescinds the protection of transgender students in our public schools. While schools should be a safe place for trans* students to learn and grow, many face bullying, harassment and violence. Rescinding these protections not only takes us back, but it also promotes further divisions in our communities.

Massachusetts has been a leader when it comes to promoting rights in the LGBTQ community. Last year, the Commonwealth passed public accommodations legislation that protects the rights of transgender individuals. We urge all public schools to continue standing up for trans* individuals and standing against intolerance. Boston Pride will continue to work in solidarity with our community and trans* advocacy groups to prevent any rollback of our rights.

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Save the date: Screening of “You’ll Never Be Alone / Nunca vas a estar solo” on March 3

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Screening on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 – 7 to 9pm
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center – Emerson College
559 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Tickets available now! Click here to get your tickets.

After his gay teenage son, Pablo, is badly beaten up by some homophobic youngsters, Juan, a withdrawn manager at a mannequin factory struggles between having to pay his son’s exorbitant medical bills and his last attempt at making partner at his company. As he runs into dead-ends and unexpected betrayals, he’ll discover that the world can be violent with him too. Juan has made too many mistakes, but his son can still be saved.

This event is organized by the Wicked Queer Film Festival, and co-presented by HBGC Boston, The Theater Offensive and Boston Latinx Pride/Boston Pride

WQ - You'll never be alone

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Looking for Pageant contestants!

Sign up to be a contestant – click here!

Boston Pride is looking for contestants who want to compete for the titles of Miss Boston Pride (Drag Queen), Mistah Boston Pride (Drag King), Ms. Boston Pride (cis/trans women and those who identify as female), and Mr. Boston Pride (cis/trans men and those who identify as male). Please fill out this application as spots are limited. The deadline to register is May 6th, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony, Pageant Chair, at abovenzi@bostonpride.org

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Nominate your 2017 Boston Pride Marshals!

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Nominations are now open – click here to nominate a Marshal for Boston Pride 2017!

  • Nominations: February 1-20
  • Review of nominations and creation of voting slate by the Boston Pride Committee: February 21
  • Vote by the community: March 1-15
  • Announcement of Marshals: March 23

Updated 2/15 to reflect extension of the nomination period and subsequent dates.

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