The HIV/AIDS Crisis of the 1980s and the early 90s is a defining event in the history of the LGBTQ community. In the face of wide-spread devastation, confusion, and fear, queer people banded together in solidarity to care for the sick and to demand the attention and action of the Government.
A signature event of Boston Pride Week, Pride Lights is hosted by Verna Turbulence and features virtual performances by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and singer Nicole Talbot and remarks by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other dignitaries. The virtual park lighting ceremony is meant to commemorate departed friends, family and coworkers and to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is still affecting the community today.
Pride Lights is a collaboration of the City of Boston, Boston Pride and the Blackstone / Franklin Square Neighborhood Association.