Claire B. NaughtonÂ of Foxborough, Massachusetts, was born and raised in GrandÂ Rapids, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University.Â Claire taught Family andÂ Consumer Sciences for 22 years at Attleboroâ€™s Coelho Middle School. She also developedÂ and taught a Sex Education program. Active in her teachers union, she was Grievance ChairÂ and Vice President for 11 years. Claire subsequently taught High School in Warwick, RhodeÂ Island until 2005, when she retired.Â Claire has been married to Dennis J. Naughton for 48Â years, and is the mother of two grown sons, Matthew and Patrick.
Throughout her lifetime, she has maintained an interest in issues of individual rightsÂ and has been involved in The League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party, the MassachusettsÂ Teachers Association, and the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, an organization advocatingÂ for the LGBT community within the Democratic Party. Claire ran for stateÂ representative in 2006.
HONARARY MARSHALS Â (Posthumous)
Bayard Rustin,Â was one of the most important nonviolent activists of the 20th century.Â Black, gay, and poor, he was raised with the Quaker values of his grandmother, who startedÂ him on a path to forge a more equitable and just world. A brilliant intellectual, a talentedÂ athlete, and a gifted tenor, Rustin began protesting racial segregation as a high school student,Â employing sit-ins, boycotts, and other peaceful means to raise awareness about social injustice.Â Working with peace groups like the American Friends Service Committee and the FellowshipÂ of Reconciliation, he spoke out against war, while also urging those groups to addressÂ the inherent violence of racism and prejudice.
Despite his effectiveness as an advocate, his openness about his sexual identity led toÂ his marginalization by these faith-based groups. While a staff member of the secular WarÂ Resisters League, hetraveled to Montgomery, Alabama to lend support to the boycott ofÂ city buses by the African-American community. He became a close advisor to the Rev. MartinÂ Luther King, Jr., but remained largely in the shadows because of his sexual orientation.Â Organizing some of the most significant demonstrations of the period, including theÂ Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,Â he gradually emerged as a public figure and a leading advocate for civil and human rights.Â Late in his life he spoke in behalf of LGBT rights and recounted his experiences as a gayÂ man in the movement for social justice. Peter Dreier lists him as one of â€œThe 100 GreatestÂ Americans of the 20th Century.â€ Rustin was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal ofÂ FreedomÂ in 2013 by President Barack Obama.
Last December, the Boston labor and LGBTQ communities suffered the untimelyÂ loss of one of their most energetic and outspoken activists, Thomas V. Barbera.Â Since the late 1980s, with the formation of the Gay and Lesbian Activists NetworkÂ (GALLAN), Barbera worked â€“ out and proud â€“ alongside fellow gay and lesbian unionÂ workers with the goal of enlisting the labor and LGBTQ rights movements in one anotherâ€™sÂ causes. In so doing, he played an instrumental role in the organization of one ofÂ the first receptions for gays and lesbians at the AFL-CIO offices in Washington, DC, asÂ well as in the creation of the inaugural Pride at Work (PAW) conference, held in NewÂ York in 1993 in conjunction with the 25thÂ anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. He wasÂ the first-ever GALLAN/PAW delegate to the Greater Boston Labor Council and aÂ member of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Board, which benefited from hisÂ honest, unapologetically queer voice.
In the 2000s Barbera joined the Service Employees International Union Local 509as the Community Organizer/Advocates Liaison. In this capacity, he endeavored to improveÂ relationships with the disability community. Even with later limitations placedÂ upon his own mobility and the required use of a wheelchair, Barbera would not be hinderedÂ in his continued advocacy for oppressed and disenfranchised people.Â Throughout his adult life, Barbera was as an active player in Democratic politics, onÂ the state and national level. From his participation on the GLBT and Disability OutreachÂ Subcommittees of the Massachusetts Democratic Party to serving as a founding boardÂ member of the National Stonewall Democrats, Barbera pursued his commitment to protectingÂ and expanding the rights of workers and queer folks.Â While Barberaâ€™s life was cut far too short, the spirit of his life-long dedication toÂ fostering solidarity among the various fights for social and economic justice lives on inÂ our community.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan,Â is an Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement where sheÂ serves as the White Houseâ€™s primary liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTÂ community). She is also an Outreach and Recruitment Director in the Presidential PersonnelÂ Office. She is the first appointee in the Obama White House who is openly transgender.
Raffi previously worked at the National Center for Transgender Equality as Policy Advisor forÂ the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Raffi was aÂ Legislative Director in the Massachusetts House of Representatives; LGBT Liaison for the City ofÂ Somerville, Massachusetts and worked with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.Â She also assisted in course and research work at Boston Universityâ€™s Womenâ€™s, Gender &Â Sexuality Studies Program.
A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Raffi was adopted from Honduras and grew up inÂ Brookline, Massachusetts.
Past Pride Marshals
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- 2015 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: Erica Kay-Webster, David V. Bermudez, Samuel Brinton
- Boston Pride Marshals: Ellyn Ruthstrom, Woody Glenn
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Mayor Thomas M. Menino
- 2014 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: Governor Deval L. Patrick, The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: John Mitzel
- 2013 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshal: Mayor Thomas M. Menino
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Jeanne Manford
- 2012 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: Mix 104.1’s “Fast Freddy” Murphy, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Brendan Burke
- 2011 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Marshals: John Affuso, Community Servings
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes
- 2010 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: BAGLY, Grace Sterling Stowell, Don Gorton
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Senator Ted Kennedy
- Boston Pride Celebrity Marshals: Laverne Cox, Ronnie Kroell, Alexis Arquette
- 2009 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: Pathways to Wellness
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Barbara Jordan
- Boston Pride Celebrity Marshals: Melissa Etheridge
- 2008 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshals: Tim McFeeley
- Boston Pride Honorary Marshal: Cpl. Ciara Durkin
- Boston Pride Celebrity Marshals: Leslie Jordan
- 2007 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Marshals: State Rep. Liz Malia, Jacob Smith Yang, SpeakOut Boston
- 2005 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Marshals: Ann Maguire, the History Project, Jim Morgrage
- 2003 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshal: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
- Boston Pride Marshals: Gunner Scott (MTPC), James Bonanno (Fenway Community Health), Nancy Norman (Fenway Community Health)
- 2000 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshal: Wilson Cruz
- Boston Pride Marshals: State Rep. Jarrett Barrios
- 1999 Boston Pride Marshals
- Boston Pride Grand Marshal: Randy Price