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Laugh. Out. Proud. Comedy Night on 8/23!


Join Laugh Boston, Boston Pride and some of Boston’s sharpest comics (yeah, we said Boston a lot there—but Boston is great, duh!) on Sunday, August 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

This show features Will Smalley – one of New England’s most hilarious comedians. Will has played our region’s top clubs, venues and colleges—and recently performed in the 7th Annual Women In Comedy Festival.

Show line up: Emily Ruskowski and Jenny Chalikian!

Recently named Boston’s Best Comedy Club by The Improper Bostonian, Laugh Boston is an upscale comedy club located in the lively Seaport District. Laugh Boston features comedy’s top national headliners and hilarious local acts. The club is located in the Westin Waterfront Hotel next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The club has a full bar (hooray for cocktails!) and a light fare, quick-serve menu.

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Farewell to Ariel Miranda Gibbs

Updated 8/15/2015 – There will be a Celebration Of Life for Ariel Maranda Gibbs in Boston, MA on Saturday, October 3rd:
Memorial Service
St. John the Evangelist Church
35 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA

Mercy Meal and Celebration to follow @ Club Café’s Reception Room (209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA)

Boston Pride mourns the loss of Ariel Miranda Gibbs, a former Miss Boston Pride, who passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Ariel was a performer at Jacques Cabaret since the 1980s and a former Empress of the Imperial Court of Massachusetts. Ariel and her involvement in our community will be greatly missed.

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Boston Pride condemns attack on the Jerusalem Pride Parade and expresses solidarity with Israel’s LGBT community

Boston, MA – Thursday, June 30th, 2015 – Boston Pride condemns the horrific attack that occurred today at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem, where participants were stabbed repeatedly by a religious extremist as the procession marched peacefully through the streets of the holy city. This tragic incident reminds us why Pride events are still needed around the world, to ensure the visibility of the LGBT community and promote acceptance and equality everywhere. Our hearts go to the victims, their families and the entire LGBT community in Jerusalem and Israel. Boston Pride stands in solidarity with Jerusalem Open House, the organizer of the annual Gay Pride celebration in the Israeli capital. We also acknowledge that the attack is roundly condemned by Israeli authorities.

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The Boston Teen Acting Troupe premieres “i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost” at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe is premiering a new play by MJ Halberstadt entitled: i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lostThe story follows 19-year-old Devon Fleeter and his younger brothers as they flee from their parents, who have been punishing the boys’ allegiance to middle child Joshua’s gender transition. i don’t know where… is a brash new play about family, starting over, and growing up.
The production will run at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston Pride community is invited to attend the first weekend of performances: July 30 – Aug 2. Use promo code IDK5 for $5 off your ticket (note there is also a $15 student rate). Tickets can be purchased here.
About the Playwright
MJ Halberstadt is a Boston‐based playwright and alumnus of Emerson College (BA Theatre Education) and Boston University (MFA Playwriting). Full‐lengths include Brute (Pingree School), Grindr (and other concerns) (The Survivalists), i don’t know where we’re going but i promise we’re lost (Boston Teen Acting Troupe), That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink Theatre), The Launch Prize (Bridge Rep of Boston) and not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston). He has had short plays presented at Boston Actors Theater, FV Productions, The Brick, Happy Medium Theatre, KNOW Theatre, Little Fish Theatre and StrangeDog Theatre. He has earned invitations to the Boston Center for the Arts and Company One’s PlayLab, Boston University’s Creative Writing Global Fellowship, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region 1 conference and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He is a Founding Artistic Associate of Bridge Rep of Boston and member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. By day, Halberstadt is an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Emerson College. He grew up on Long Island and currently lives just West of Boston with his fiancé.
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Marriage Equality Celebration – 6pm at the State House


Join us for a historic celebration at the
Massachusetts State House

T: Park Street

#LoveWins #WickedProud

The US Supreme Court ruled YES on marriage equality! Come together for a historic event featuring community leaders and speakers. The celebration will start at 6pm on the steps to the State House, located on Beacon St. Join marriage equality supporters from across the state and beyond to celebrate how far we’ve come and look to a future with full justice for all.

Co-hosted by
AIDS Action Committee
American Civil Liberties Union
Anti-Defamation League
Bisexual Resource Center
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Boston Pride
Cambridge Men’s Group
Fenway Health
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Greater Boston PFLAG
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
Human Rights Campaign
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
National LGBTQ Task Force
OUT MetroWest
Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA)
Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry
SpeakOUT Boston
The Network/La Red

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Statement from Boston Pride Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision


Boston Pride rejoices in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the right of same sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Massachusetts has been a leader in the movement for LGBT equality, from the groundbreaking Goodridge decision in Massachusetts that paved the way for this historic moment today.  Boston Pride joins with all who have advocated and supported the right to marry for the LGBT community.

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Statement from Boston Pride about the tragedy in Charleston, SC

Boston Pride extends its sympathy to the community of Charleston, South Carolina and others affected by the tragic, senseless mass murders of nine worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  We offer our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and we stand united with those who seek to end all hate crimes and to promote healing across all divides.


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Watch the Boston Pride Parade on BNN

The 2015 Pride Parade will be shown on Channel 9 in the Boston Area on these days:

  • June 20th – 1 pm
  • June 21st – 12 pm
  • June 22th – 3 pm
  • June 23rd – 6 pm
  • June 24th – 11 am
  • June 26th 9 am

Thank you to BNN for broadcasting this event!

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Boston Pride Thanks Community for Successful 45th Annual Celebration


June 16, 2015


Dear friends,

Boston Pride wants to thank everyone who made our 45th Anniversary celebration a success.  Our 2015 Pride Week was one of the largest ever as we collaborated with community partners to present more than 50 events over 10 days. We were thrilled that an estimated 500,000+ people celebrated with us with more than 240 parade contingents and 35,000 who marched, along with about 125,000 who attended the festival and free concert at City Hall Plaza.

We want to thank our volunteers, our community partners and our sponsors along with the City of Boston for making this our best Pride ever as they all helped us provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy and celebrate who they are.

Our theme this year, “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud” honored the diversity of this great city as Boston Pride represents everyone in our community whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and our straight allies and friends.

Since 1970, Boston Pride has grown as an organization seeking equality for all and we have witnessed milestones for the LGBT community including the enacting of anti-discrimination laws regarding employment, adoption, health care, and the historic Massachusetts Supreme Court decision as the first state to legalize marriage among same sex couples.

Several highlights of the week including the first ever gala honoring Harry Collings with the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Pride Award and the panel discussion presented by Boston Pride’s Human Rights & Education Committee on immigration issues facing the LGBT community worldwide. There are still many challenges ahead for our community, but by working together we will continue to fight for justice and equality.

Among those we would like to give special thanks for their support and a shout out to:

  • The Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston and the many other city departments
  • Mayor Walsh’s liaison to the LGBT community Jullieanne Doherty
  • Boston Police Commissioner’s LGBT liaison Javier Pagan
  • BPD, BFD, EMS, and ISD who all helped make us safe during Pride Week
  • Boston City Council
  • All other elected officials who participated in various events during Pride Week
  • Parade Grand Marshals Erica Kay-Webster, David Bermudez and Samuel Brinton
  • Parade Marshals Woody Glenn and Ellyn Ruthstrom
  • Parade Honorary Marshal, the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and his family
  • Friends of Pride
  • Boston Pride Advisory Council
  • Our dedicated small band of volunteers, who work hard every year to keep the Parade, Festival, and Block Parties both festive and safe
  • Our community partners and other sponsors
  • Organizations and nonprofits that marched in the parade
  • Organizations and nonprofits who were represented at the Festival
  • Entertainers who made the free concert at our festival such a wonderful success
  • Our neighbors in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain who allowed us to have our annual block parties
  • Our media partners
  • … and above all, to our community that supports Boston Pride and the volunteer work that we do.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to seeing you during Pride Week 2016!



Boston Pride Board of Directors: Sylvain Bruni, Malcolm Carey, Linda DeMarco, Staci Stift, Marco Torres


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Cancellation of Sunday’s Boat Cruise

The Black & Latin@ Pride Committee sincerely apologizes to all who were inconvenienced by the cancellation of Sunday’s Boat Cruise. Full refunds will be issued by the event promoter. The cruise was produced by a promoter as part of our Pride@Night series of events where we promote certain events organized by others, not by Boston Pride, though we did sponsor this event among others. It was the event promoter’s decision to cancel the cruise, please contact Afro Puffs Entertainment regarding any additional questions.

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