Boston Pride comprises the following programs:
Boston Pride Week
Boston Pride Week is an annual week of events, commencing on the first weekend in June. The Flag Raising, wherein the Pride flag is raised above City Hall Plaza, kicks off the week. A series of educational programs and celebrations, such as Pride Day at Faneuil Hall and the Political Forum, mark the occasion. The week culminates with the Pride Parade, which marches through the streets of Boston before emptying into the Pride Festival and Concert. The second weekend concludes with the Back Bay and JP Block Parties. Boston Pride week also contains programming aimed at specific segments of our community, such as the annual Youth Dance, Family Movie Night, Family Fun Zone, and Black & Latinx Pride Programming.
Boston Latinx Pride
Boston Latinx Pride presents programs aimed at the LGBTQIA+ Latinx community, throughout the year. Past events have included film screenings and discussions, networking meetups, brunches, and fundraisers for a queer organization in Puerto Rico.
Boston Black Pride
Boston Black Pride presents programs aimed at the LGBTQIA+ Black community throughout the year. Past events have included educational panels, roller skating parties, comedy nights, pool parties, and networking mixers.
Boston Youth Pride
Boston Youth Pride presents programs aimed at community members under the age of 21. Each year, the Youth Pride sub-committee hosts a Valentine’s Day dance. Additionally, the annual Boston Pride Festival ends with a Youth Dance on the Festival grounds.
The Boston Pride Guide
The Boston Pride Guide is the annual publication of Boston Pride. The Guide, written and edited by community volunteers, consists of information about Boston Pride’s programs, informational articles about issues impacting the community, original art, and literary pieces.
The Boston Pride Community Fund
Established in 2016, the Boston Pride Community Fund provides visibility and financial support to small and community-based projects, as well as to capital improvement projects benefiting the LGBTQIA+ community. Boston Pride commits 10% of all sponsorship dollars, plus a portion of the profits from the JP and Back Bay Block Parties, towards the Community Fund. Last year, Boston Pride distributed a record amount of nearly $80,000 to 39 recipients.
Boston Pride partners with a variety of local artists and art institutions to ensure that each Pride week contains arts programming. Pride Lights, a flagship event through which we remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, features a range of performance art, such as dance, singing, and poetry reading. Previous events include museum tours and lectures, live painting performances, and gallery exhibitions.
The Pride Sports program began with our annual, Flagship event, Pride Night at Fenway Park. It has since expanded to include Pride events with other local sports teams including the New England Revs and the Boston Bruins.