We are pleased to announce the 2016 Pride Theme:
Solidarity Through Pride
Hundreds from the community participated in the vote that selected this yearâ€™s theme with many suggestions that touched on solidarity and the issues faced within the LGBT community. The theme encourages the LGBT community to see that there are multiple struggles in a wide range of communities, but are all related and intertwined. This is the first year that Boston Pride has had the same theme as InterPride, the organization that ties together Pride organizations across the globe.
â€œOur theme for 2016, Solidarity Through Pride, recognizes the intersectionality of identities within our very diverse community and the call for solidarity and support among all parts of our community,â€ said Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni.
Intersectionality is the overlapping of social identities and relates to the concept of how discrimination against one ultimately represents discrimination against all. Intersectionality will be the topic of discussion of an upcoming public Community Forum hosted by Boston Pride, Black Pride and Latin@Pride with a focus on the challenges faced by trans people of color in the community, on Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Community Center in Boston.
â€œThe theme also reminds the community and beyond that they need to stay unified to gain equality for all, beyond marriage, to fight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, eliminate trans- and bi-phobia, racism, antisemitism and to ensure the protection of our youth, Bruni said.
â€œ’Solidarity through Pride’ does not, should not, and will not stop in the LGBT community. Boston Pride stands with all communities and people who are struggling for basic rights, for acceptance, visibility, safety, acknowledgement, and equitability,â€ said Charlene Charles, Boston Pride board member.