Since 2016, Massachusetts law has fully protected transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and medical offices. But now, Massachusetts will be the first state in the country forced to uphold these protections at the ballot box.
That’s why we want to be sure you are aware of a critical question on the Massachusetts ballot this fall. On November 6th, a YES vote on Question 3 is a vote to uphold dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors, friends, coworkers and customers. Boston Pride supports Yes on 3 because we believe fundamentally that trans individuals should have the same rights to live safely in their communities as everyone else, and that the existing public accommodations protections should remain in place.
This weekend’s news that the Trump Administration is planning to rob 1.4 million Americans of their basic dignity by erasing transgender people under federal law shows just how high the stakes are. We have to make sure transgender people continue to be protected in Massachusetts!
If you are interested in learning more, visit Yes on 3‘s website: www.freedommassachusetts.org.
Ready to act in support of upholding the law? Here are 2 important things you can do right now:
1) Reach Out to Your Family and Friends
We all know this issue is important, but not enough people know this is even on the ballot. You can help by identifying supporters and building the list of voters the campaign can turn out to win by completing Voter Circle, a friend-to-friend outreach tool that lets anyone, anywhere contact members of their personal network who are registered voters in Massachusetts. All the instructions are here. Then, use this link to complete Voter Circle (it takes about 15 minutes).
2) Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
The campaign is gearing up for GOTV “Get Out The Vote,” aimed at increasing voter turnout from November 3rd–6th. Sign up for a shift by clicking here!. We are still looking for volunteers for these shifts:
- Saturday 11/3, Sunday 11/4, Monday 11/5: 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 6:00PM
- Tuesday 11/6 (Election Day): 6:00AM, 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM, 6:00PM
Yes on 3 will also have 4 more GOTV Town Hall trainings to get volunteers ready for GOTV. Sign up for one by clicking here. Trainings will be in the following locations:
- Wednesday, October 24th, 6pm-8pm, Boston
- Saturday, October 27th, 4pm-6pm, Worcester
- Saturday, October 27th, 4pm-6pm, Northampton
- Sunday, October 28th, 11am-1pm, Boston
Thank you in advance!
Now more than ever, our community must stand up to the hate, ignorance, and backward policies of the current administration in Washington. A rewarding way to accomplish this is to join your local Pride organization and contribute your voice and energy to the planning of the largest annual public event in Boston. This fall, Boston Pride is launching a community-wide search for new team members to join our ranks and produce the 2019 Boston Pride Celebration! Following a community listening tour, Boston Pride is seeking to achieve the dual purpose of addressing community expectations for what Pride 2019 should look like, and of staffing up in anticipation of Pride 2020 which will mark the 50th anniversary of Boston Pride. Click here to discover the 100 positions for which we are recruiting, both on the Boston Pride Committee and on the Board of Directors.
Boston Pride is delighted to announce the opening of its 2019 Community Fund application process. Once a year, in support of our vision and mission, we give back monies raised in our Community Fund to non-profit organizations and grassroots groups that are doing work within our community with an eye towards smaller organizations, new/innovative programs, and intersectional proposals. Through the Boston Pride Community Fund, we aim to offer support and visibility to small and community-based projects. Since its inception in 2015, Boston Pride has disbursed over $50,000 in three grant cycles to 35 grassroots organizations in our community. This program is funded via the JP and Back Bay Block Parties, the High Heel Dash, and a commitment of 10% of sponsorship revenue raised by Boston Pride. To learn more about the Boston Pride Community Fund, and to apply, visit our dedicated webpage here.
Interested in contributing to the Boston Pride Guide? Have a story worth broadcasting to our community? Then submit your idea to the Guide’s editorial team! Click here to submit your story now. Our team prides itself in covering themes and topics seldom published by news organizations. This is a great opportunity to ensure community-wide awareness on a variety of issues relevant to LGBTQ populations. For examples of past stories published in the Boston Pride Guide, visit our collection of past issues here.
Boston Pride announced today that reservations are now open for ad spaces in the 2019 edition of its official Boston Pride Guide. This will be the fifth volume of the Guide entirely produced and published in-house by the all-volunteer organization. Deadlines for ad space reservations and art submission are respectively April 1st, 2019 and April 15th, 2019. Following feedback from our readership, an increased print run of 30,000 copies (from 25,000) of the Boston Pride Guide will be available at over 550 locations in New England. The online version of the Boston Pride Guide is read in 135 countries by over 61,000 readers. Boston Pride is offering its advertisers new premium placements in 2019, as well as opportunities for inserting promotional items in the magazine. The 2019 Boston Pride Guide will be released on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.
For more information about the Boston Pride Guide, click here.
To book your 2019 ad in the Boston Pride Guide, click here.
Support our community in the Merrimack Valley
Local Pride organizations encourage donations to the Lawrence Emergency Fund
Boston, MA – September 18, 2018 – Boston Pride, Worcester Pride, Northampton Pride and the newly-formed North Worcester County (NoWoCo) Pride are jointly calling for donations to the Lawrence Emergency Fund (http://www.eccf.org/lawrenceemergencyfund) to support relief efforts in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, following the devastating gas explosions and fires in the region last week. The Fund was established by Governor Charlie Baker and 21 state and local government officials as well as nonprofit leaders, and is managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). Donations are fully tax-deductible, and will support a series of efforts in the local Merrimack Valley. For more information, click here and review the statement from ECCF. We thank you in advance for your donation.
You are invited! Boston Pride has announced the dates of its Committee meetings in the fall. Check out the schedule of meetings here, and join us to learn about all the open positions available. You don’t need to be an expert at event planning! All skills welcome as we gear up for Pride 2019. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, starting at 6:30pm at the Boston Pride office, 12 Channel St #503, Boston, MA. Join us to discover the various opportunities for involvement with our organization.
September 16th marks just 50 short days until Election Day. The “Yes on 3” campaign to protect trans rights in Massachusetts, of which Boston Pride is a coalition member, invites you to join a massive rally in Copley Square tomorrow. The event starts at 10am and will feature Congressman Joe Kennedy as guest speaker. For more info, click here.
Help protect the rights of transgender people in Massachusetts and sign up to join Freedom For All Massachusetts in Quincy on September 22 and 23 for the Yes on 3 Weekend of Action! We need to talk to thousands of voters about why non-discrimination protections for our transgender friends and neighbors are important and must be defended. That’s why Boston Pride is determined to have 40+ volunteers join forces with Freedom For All Massachusetts to speak directly with voters! All are welcome and everyone is needed. We will be meeting with Freedom For All’s field team to canvas in Quincy, on Saturday, September 22, and on Sunday, September 23, at 10am at Christ Church Episcopal (12 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169).
Please click here to register to volunteer, and mention that you heard about the action from the Boston Pride website!