Edith “Edie” Windsor, a hero of the fight for marriage equality, lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that bears her name, passed away today. Boston Pride sends its heartfelt condolences to her wife Judith, her family and her friends. We recognize today the groundbreaking contributions Edie made to our community through her activism over the years. The “Windsor decision,” which was handed down in 2013 by the US Supreme Court, ensured the federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in 13 states and in the District of Columbia.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce that our 2017 Fall Open House will be held on October 19th at the Pride office in the Seaport District. Click here for more information and to reserve a free ticket!
Boston Pride learned with great sadness of the passing of EMS Captain Robert “Sarge” Haley, a friend and supporter of Pride and of our community. Captain Haley, who was instrumental in the emergency response during the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, was a familiar figure on the grounds of the Boston Pride Parade for many years. Throughout the years, Captain Haley worked closely with the Parade team and the leadership at Boston Pride to ensure the safety and security of all guests and participants in Pride events. His smile, helpfulness and wisdom will be sorely missed. Boston Pride sends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone at Boston EMS.
Interested in giving back to the community? Want to learn about event planning? Then apply to become a member of the 2018 Boston Pride Committee! Members of the community are invited to submit their application online to join the 2018 Pride team. It is important that all voices in our community be heard and participate in the planning of Pride, so do not hesitate and apply today! Boston Pride is committed to creating spaces for people of all walks of life and all identities to participate in the organization of the largest Pride celebration in New England. The application process is open until December 31st. Appointments are made by the Board of Directors on an ongoing basis, as applications are received and evaluated. So don’t wait and apply now!
Boston Pride stands in solidarity with those who fight against racism and naziism in the US. All those who care about human rights should resist those who promote hatred. We invite you to join the Stand for Solidarity public rally on Saturday, August 19th, from 11am to 4pm in front of the State House on Beacon St. For more information, click here.
The 2017 summer survey is now available! Boston Pride invites all members of the community to fill out the survey to provide us with feedback on the 2017 edition of the various Boston Pride events. Got something to say? Fill out the survey! Thank you in advance.
Thank you to BoConcept Cambridge for hosting this wonderful (and free!) get together for our community, in support of Boston Pride!
Boston Pride Attends World Pride in Madrid
Representing the Local LGBTQ Community at Worldwide Event
(Boston, MA) – June 29, 2017 – Boston Pride announced today that it is representing the local LGBTQ community at World Pride in Madrid which is being held from June 26 – July 2. Sixteen members of Boston Pride are attending and will be marching as a contingent in the World Pride Parade on Saturday July 1st that is estimated to attract 3 million spectators. Boston Pride is also be representing InterPride at the WorldPride Park in Madrid Rio, a green space along the city’s Manzanares riverfront.
“Boston Pride’s theme of ‘stronger together’ continues to hold true at the international level, as we are truly a global community of LGBTQ people who are fighting for equal rights for all throughout the world,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We are representing our great city of Boston where we hosted the largest Pride celebration in history and we are thrilled to be participating in the largest LGBTQ event in the world in Madrid.”
In a letter to Boston Pride’s contingent traveling to World Pride, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “As a City, we will continue to promote and advance our diversity in any way we can. It is part of our collective strength of character, and it helps showcase Boston to the entire world. We stand with all communities and people who are struggling for basic rights, acceptance, visibility, safety, acknowledgement, and equitability. It sends a strong message for the LGBTQ community as we celebrate the unity and resilience of our strong city and our profound spirit.”
World Pride in Madrid is a festival that celebrates diversity and freedom with cultural events, art, conferences, music, sports, solidarity and more. Since 2012, Boston Pride has worked to raise funds to send the contingent to World Pride. Boston Pride also participated in World Pride Toronto in 2014.
The 47th annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, included a record breaking number of groups and individuals marching in the parade. This year’s parade consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza.
The 2017 Volunteer Party was held at Fenway Park on June 21st. Here are couple photos of the celebration!
Record Breaking Numbers at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade and Festival
(Boston, MA) – June 16, 2017 – Boston Pride announced today that the 47th annual Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, included a record breaking number of groups and individuals marching in the parade. This year’s parade consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza. New this year, Boston Pride created a Solidarity category to encourage small nonprofits to join the Parade and the Festival with a discounted fee. The Solidarity groups made up about 22 percent of the total groups participating in the parade, with nonprofit organizations making up almost 70 percent of the parade.
Among the groups marching were 29 survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, who commemorated the year anniversary since the tragedy. As a special honor to the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting, trans* activist Renee Manning built a float and invited 1,000 people to dance along the parade route as part of a Grand Dance remembering those who were killed. Survivors of the massacre elected to join Manning and traveled the parade route on the float.
“The parade and festival were both enormously successful, but as importantly, they were historic,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “It was particularly gratifying to march alongside the survivors of the Pulse tragedy, several of whom spoke about how welcoming the city of Boston was. Celebrating with our community through tragedy and triumph is what Boston Pride is all about.”
This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” focused on the current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people. It stressed the imperative that the diverse groups that comprise the LGBTQ community stand together and fight for civil rights for all.
“We want to thank our volunteers, community partners, sponsors, the City of Boston and all participants for making this our biggest Pride yet,” said Bruni. “With the Trump administration instilling fear in the LGBTQ community and other allied communities, it is more important than ever that we come together to stand up for our rights and our dignity. We are in fact stronger together.” The Stronger Together Rally, which was organized in solidarity with the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride of Washington, D.C., took place on Sunday, June 11. The speaking program included Mayor Martin Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, Representative Elizabeth Malia, Boston City Counselor Ayanna Pressley, community leaders, grassroots organizers, LGBTQ activists and Carmen Carrera, a Latina trans* activist, model and actress who offered her support to the local LGBTQ community.
“Boston Pride is grateful to all of those individuals who participated in the Stronger Together rally, particularly Carmen Carrera, who traveled a long way to offer inspiration and a message of hope to the community,” said Bruni.
Boston Pride also acknowledged the participation of the Parade Grand Marshal Kristen Porter, families of the Parade Honorary Marshals Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray, friends of Boston Pride, the Boston Pride Advisory Council, the organizations that marched in the parade and were represented at the festival and the community from Boston and beyond.
Boston Pride is an all-volunteer organizations and will be seeking volunteers for next year’s Pride celebrations. Notices about meetings and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Boston Pride website.