Statement by Boston Pride Regarding Straight Pride
It has become increasingly clear that the Straight Pride Parade is organized by a group of white supremacists and is an attempt to bait the Boston LGBTQ community, as well as racial and ethnic minority communities in Boston. It’s a trolling event, designed to get a rise out of vulnerable communities.
Boston Pride is not interested in responding to their bait. Our strength comes from directing our attention and energy to helping one another meet the challenges of intersecting oppressions. Boston Pride will continue to focus on supporting and empowering members of the LGBTQ community. We will continue to focus on the needs of people of color, trans individuals, and all those who have experienced racism, xenophobia, and sexism.
We remain thankful for the estimated one million people, including our straight allies, who joined us at the 2019 Boston Pride parade and festival on June 8th and we’re looking forward to planning our 50th anniversary celebrations for June 2020.
Boston Pride Week’s 49th Anniversary Sets New Records
This year’s 49th Boston Pride Parade and Festival set new records. The Boston Pride parade included a record-breaking 431 contingents and over 50,000 marchers who marched along the 2.27-mile route from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza lined with an estimated 1-million spectators. The Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza was filled with activity all day long including 130 vendors, a Family Fun Zone and headline entertainers Todrick Hall, Robin S. and Beth Sacks who drew huge crowds.
One of the highlights of this year’s Pride Parade were the two large flags that will also be appearing in World Pride in New York City on June 29. The Unity Flag, a patchwork quilt flag that represents intersectionality and unity in the LGBTQ community, and the River of Pride Flag, a quarter-mile long rainbow flag both ended the Pride Parade.
“This year’s parade was both a celebration and a reflection of this year’s theme – Looking Back, Loving Forward –a recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the challenges and victories our community has faced over the years,” said Linda DeMarco, President of Boston Pride. “We are wicked proud for all the support from our community and allies to help make this year’s parade one for the record books with one-million attendees and more contingents than we have ever had.”
Another highlight was two Stonewall veterans, Charles Evans and Paul Glass of Falmouth, Mass., who joined Grand Marshal Dale Mitchell during the parade. Mitchell, Evans and Glass are all veterans of the Stonewall Inn Uprising in 1969 in Greenwich Village as they witnessed the aftermath of the raid on Stonewall and the clashes with patrons and police officers. Stonewall is widely acknowledged as a defining event in the U.S. LGBTQ movement.