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Boston Pride Hosts Annual Block Parties in Back Bay and Jamaica Plain

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Boston Pride  45th Anniversary-#WickedProud Week Ends with Thousands of Party-Goers in Back Bay and JP

Boston Pride will host block parties in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain on Sunday, June 14th in celebration of the 45th Anniversary- #WickedProud Pride Week. The Back Bay Party is from noon to 8pm, at St. James Ave. between Arlington Street and Berkeley Street. In Jamaica Plain, Boston Pride is teaming up again with Dyke Night Productions for the JP block party from 2pm to 8pm on Perkins Street.

“Boston Pride will end our 45th Anniversary Pride Week with a bang with our two annual block parties in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We have an incredible lineup of entertainment at both parties as we celebrate Pride in Boston’s neighborhoods. We thank the community for its continued support and participation!”
“Dyke Night Productions is thrilled to partner with Boston Pride again this year- especially in celebration of its 45th Anniversary,” said Kristen Porter, founder of Dyke Night Productions. “This year, the JP Block Party will have live music, and of course, Divas, Dogs and Drag Show and Adoption event where our community has shown overwhelming compassion in helping to find homes for rescue dogs.”

The Back Bay Block Party will feature entertainment headlined by EDM sensation DJ Tatiana, will open with DJ Andrea Stamas, include a special performance by American Idol and The Voice alumna singer Frenchie Davis, food, and a cash bar! Tickets for this year’s block party are $15, with $5 going toward the Boston Pride Community Fund. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid the line at the front door.

This year’s Jamaica Plain Block Party will kick off with live music, face painting, food and cash bar. Crys Matthews & Triana Wilson Acoustic Showcase will then perform, leading up to the Divas, Dogs, and Drag Show featuring rescue dogs who are available for adoption. During the show there will also be drag king and queen performances with emcee Sapphira Cristal and headliner Lakia Mondale. Boston’s own DJ LeahV will take over and electrify the stage until closing! There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door before 5pm, and a $15 suggested donation after 5pm, with $5 going toward the Boston Pride Community Fund.

Both Block Parties will take place rain or shine. More information and details for Boston Pride’s 2015 Pride Week can be found at www.bostonpride.org

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About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections. Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”

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Statement on Caitlyn Jenner from Boston Pride

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. Photo: Annie Leibovitz, Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. Photo: Annie Leibovitz, Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Boston Pride is very happy for Caitlyn Jenner, who is now, in her words, “living [her] true self.” The portrait of Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair, which captures her in quintessential Hollywood glamour, provides a high contrast to the popular image of Jenner as the epitome of the all-American male athlete and Olympic champion. Through her celebrity, Jenner has raised visibility and awareness of the trans community. Since publicizing her personal journey, Jenner has catalyzed discussion in the general public about trans identity and issues, which present important opportunities to educate and to inspire new allies.

Boston Pride stands with transgender members of our community, as we must continue to fight for trans rights and equality, and to address issues of poverty, violence, and housing and healthcare discrimination affecting the transgender community. As we celebrate 45 years of Boston Pride, we are proud to recognize Erica Kay-Webster, a Stonewall veteran and transgender activist, as one of our 2015 Grand Marshals.

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Boston Pride Will Host Human Rights Forum on Immigration and the LGBT Community

 

Photographed is the 2014  Boston Pride Human Rights Forum .

Photographed is the 2014 Boston Pride Human Rights Forum .

Boston Pride announced today that it will host a panel discussion on immigration and the LGBT community during this year’s Pride Week.  The event, which will take place on Monday, June 8th at the Boston Public Library, will be moderated by Steve Kerrigan, a former candidate for Massachusetts’s lieutenant governor.

The panel will feature Anita Sharma, an asylum attorney with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project; Richard Iandoli, an immigration attorney with Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD); Chris Parsons, a local drama teacher who spent nearly ten years in Thailand because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevented his husband from immigrating to the United States; and John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, an LGBT Activist from Uganda.

“We want to educate our community on how immigration and asylum laws impact LGBT individuals and families in Boston and around the world,” said Jessica DeStefano, Chair of Boston Pride’s Human Rights Committee.  “We believe that the experiences of all of the panelists will help inform the public of the very real challenges faced by so many members of the LGBT community.”

The panel discussion will be held at the Boston Public Library on Monday, June 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and will be free and open to the public.

“As our community in Boston becomes more global, so do the issues that members of the LGBT community face,” said Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride.  “We are committed to utilizing Pride Week to highlight the human rights challenges our community continues to face both here and abroad.”

This year’s Pride Week will celebrate the advocacy organization’s 45th Anniversary with the theme #WickedProud. Pride Week begins on June 5th and continues through June 14th.  Information on Boston Pride’s 2015 Pride Week can be found at www.bostonpride.org.

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About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections. Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”

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Boston Pride invites you to the

2015 Boston Pride Gala

Friday, June 5th

Courtyard Boston Downtown
275 Tremont St, Boston, MA
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6pm – VIP Cocktail
7pm – Dinner

Tickets are now available
VIP ticket: $250 (includes VIP cocktail + dinner)
Dinner ticket: $150

Menu
Mixed Greens
Filet Mignon or Vegetable Lasagna
Cheese display
Cheesecake

Drinks
One glass of wine included with dinner
One celebratory glass of Champagne, courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
Cash bar

Program
Boston Pride will honor Harry Collings
recipient of the first Mayor Thomas M. Menino Pride Award


The Mayor Thomas M. Menino Pride Award honors individuals and organizations for their demonstrated commitment to the visibility of and advocacy for the LGBT community in Greater Boston and beyond. The Award recognizes the courage of its recipients who, in the face of adverse conditions, have taken a stand for Pride and our community. The late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Award’s namesake, was an unwavering supporter of Boston Pride and the LGBT community throughout his tenure at the helm of the City of Boston.

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President Obama issues Proclamation for 2015 LGBT Pride Month

Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2015


LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities — that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us — and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. Read More »

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