Boston Pride honors the memory of Xavier Jugelé, the police officer who died on April 20th, during the terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris, France. In addition to being a dedicated ‘gardien de la paix‘, Officer Jugelé was a member of FLAG!, the French association of LGBT police officers, and one of its most committed members on the force. Boston Pride sends its condolences to his partner and his surviving family.
Boston Pride Announces Stronger Together Rally
Rally in solidarity with the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride
(Boston, MA) – April 18, 2017 – Boston Pride announced today that it will host a grassroots Rally on Sunday, June 11 at 11:00 AM in Boston Common.
The Stronger Together Rally is organized in solidarity with the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride of Washington, DC. Boston Pride calls on all community members to mobilize to fight for equal rights, for everyone.
“After marching for LGBTQ rights during the Pride Parade on Saturday, we will rally on Sunday in solidarity with all communities that are being discriminated against. We will rally in solidarity with women, with Muslims, with immigrants, with people of color and with our trans and gender nonconforming community members. We will rally to energize our communities: this is a common fight for equality and respect,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “The first Boston Pride rally took place on Boston Common in 1971. Hosting the Stronger Together Rally 46 years later reminds us that while we have come a long way, we must always be vigilant in protecting the rights of all.”
Solidarity rallies are being organized around the country and around the world on June 11, the day of the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, DC. The speaking program in Boston will include grassroots organizers, LGBTQ activists and community leaders. Boston Pride will provide Rainbow flags for the first 1,000 attendees. In order to estimate attendance, Boston Pride encourages community members to sign up online for the rally at www.bostonpride.org/rally.
The annual Boston Pride Pageant returns in 2017 with a competition to hold the following four titles: 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). Come join in selecting these four ambassadors for our community! VIP tickets are $25 and general admission is $15. Contestants are invited to register online as well.
Boston Pride and the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY) are proud to announce that the 2017 edition of the Massachusetts Youth Pride celebration will be held on City Hall Plaza on Saturday, May 20th. Massachusetts Youth Pride is celebrating 23 years of queer youth movement in Massachusetts! Come out and join the oldest youth-led, adult-supported LGBTQ Youth Pride celebration in the country! Click here for more information about the event…
Join hundreds of participants as we embark on a new unique tradition in the City of Boston with the very first HIGH HEEL DASH for CHARITY. Each participant’s entry fee will go to the Boston Pride Community Fund, which is aimed at financially supporting small, grassroots organizations in our community through annual grants. Past recipients of the Community Fund have used their grants to organize seminars for trans* and youth audiences, to conduct health outreach to communities of color, or to enable projects for LGBTQ singers or grassroots activists. The High Heel Dash for Charity will help Boston Pride raise more funds, to empower more community members.
The rules are simple:
- All participants are required to pre-register online*
- Pay a small entry fee of $25 that will be noted to charity
- Everyone is welcome regardless of sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity.
- Participants must be 18 years old.
- High heels must have a minimum of a 2 inches heel. No Wedges are allow.
WIN a Prize?**
Let’s color the City of Boston in Pride. We encourage you to dress in your craziest and outrageous costumes to show your pride.
You may enter one of the three categories:
- Best Heel: Dig out your best heel and add some Creative and Unique touches to it and WIN!
- Best Group: Got Friends? Work together on a team theme or costume and you could WIN!
- Best Costume: Be Creative and Unique. Put together a total packaged look and you could WIN!
*Participants will be required to sign Accident Waiver and Release of Liability to participant in the Event
**The Winners will be announced on stage at the finish line.
Registration for groups and organizations to march in the Boston Pride Parade and to exhibit at the Boston Pride Festival will increase on May 1. You are invited to sign up quickly to avoid late fees. Click here to register for the Parade and click here to register for the Festival.
Only a few hours are left to book your ad in the 2017 Boston Pride Guide! Click here now to reserve your spot in this year’s edition of Boston Pride’s premium, full color magazine. Twenty-five thousand print copies will be distributed all over New England. The digital edition of the Boston Pride Guide is read in 107 countries around the world, with over 205,000 impressions so far. Join the numerous businesses and non-profits, like Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Buffalo Exchange, Gilead Sciences, MassEquality, Fenway Health, Boston Medical Center, Foxwoods Resort, Yotel, the CDC, Sam Adams, and East Boston Savings Bank, in advertising your events, products, and services to the New England LGBTQ community!
Every year, NYC Pride awards thousands of dollars in grant money to LGBT-friendly and LGBT-serving organizations. The grants are working grants, which means that in order to receive the grant money, members or volunteers from your organization must perform specific job duties (as a group) at our NYC Pride events. Grants are awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the job type.
Already interested? Apply here! Deadline: April 21, 2017
Support from your organization is so important to the success of our annual events and I hope you will consider applying for some of this year’s opportunities. Additionally, please feel free to pass the application link along to any other organizations that might benefit from this program.
A full rundown of the available grants is available on the application page linked above. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-807-6348 with any questions you have regarding the application process or other details of the program.
Boston Pride strongly condemns the torture and killing of gay and bisexual men perpetrated by the Chechen government. Since reports emerged in early April from Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Boston Pride has worked with its sister Pride organizations and InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers, to alert US and European officials of the blatant human rights violations perpetrated in Chechnya. We call on the United Nations and the US government to use all diplomatic and necessary means to put an end to the horror occurring in Argun and other parts of Chechnya.
Boston Pride will be holding its annual Volunteer Team Training on May 13th, from 9am to 12noon at the Boston Pride Office, 12 Channel St, Boston, MA. Pride could not happen or be successful without the dedicated participation of community volunteers: as a small non-profit organization, Boston Pride would not be able to offer such a diverse series of events and programming, if it weren’t for the incredible commitment of our volunteers from year to year. In advance, we profusely thank all members of the community who choose to give back a couple hours of their time to support the entire LGBTQ community in Greater Boston.
Interested in joining the Boston Pride family as a volunteer? Click here to learn more…