P R E S S R E L E A S E
Linda DeMarco, President
BOSTON PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2010 THEME:
"RIOTS TO RIGHTS - CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF PROGRESS"
NOMINATIONS FOR PARADE MARSHALS OPEN
Boston, MA, December 15, 2009 - The Boston Pride Committee is pleased to announce that the Theme for Boston Pride 2010, per the community vote on www.bostonpride.org, is: "Riots to Rights - Celebrating 40 Years of Progress".
"Riots to Rights - Celebrating 40 Years of Progress" honors the 1969 Stonewall Riots that commenced the modern Gay Rights movement and commemorates the progress we’ve made as a community’s since those early days of the battle for equal rights. As Boston Pride celebrates its 40th Anniversary, we encourage our community to remember the brave pioneers before us who bravely took to the streets in protest and in anger, but with incredible hope that one day we would overcome the harsh shackles and restraints of hatred, bigotry and discrimination.
And from those early riots, rose rights and freedoms and progress that we slowly see coming to fruition. What this year’s Pride theme does not do, however, is pretend that the struggle is over. We celebrate the progress that has been won thus far, but also recognize that across the globe- from Massachusetts to Moscow, Puerto Rico to Uganda, Taiwan to Sri Lanka, and thousands of lands across the world- we are still not wholly free.
During Pride week, as we remember and reflect on how our journey started, let us all commit to doing our part to ensure that our remaining battles end in victory.
With the 2010 Theme selected, Boston Pride is delighted to open up nominations for Boston Pride Parade Marshals. Nominations forms are available at www.bostonpride.org/marshals.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com or by calling the Committee's PrideLine at 617-262-9405.