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Announcing the 2018 Boston Black Pride Calendar

Boston Black Pride is proud to announce a series of events to celebrate Black History Month this February. From educational events to fun activities, eight events have already been scheduled: Drag Bingo Brunch, Taste of Tuesday, Flow Yoga, Drag Paint Night, and more! Mark your calendars for a celebration not to miss. Click here to view the calendar of events…

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Special Event: The Menopausal Mermaid on January 28th at Club Cafe!

What’s better than a Fairy tale in Drag set to 80s disco? One that benefits Boston Pride! Join us for a special seating of The Menopausal Mermaid January 28th to benefit Boston Pride.

The Menopausal Mermaid- A Parody Reimagined

Hilarious Spoofs on Songs!
New Dancers, Choreography, Set & Costumes!

Boston Pride Benefit Show:

Sunday January 28th 1 pm

Club Café – Moonshine Room
209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA
(doors open at 12 noon)
Cabaret-style table service for brunch-and-a-show (20% off food with your show ticket)
Click here for more info/tickets

Ariel, everyone’s darling from The Little Mermaid, is not feeling it. Betrayed by Eric, cursed by Ursula, she is ready to kick ass and take names in this 90-minute musical parody that picks up where the Disney fairy tale left off. Tired of playing by the rules, Ariel is reinventing herself, and along the way she takes on love, fame, Walt Disney, and anyone and anything that’s ever tried to keep a woman in her place.

The show is a kaleidoscope of fantastic drag, sexy sailors, outrageous costumes, and all your favorite 80s disco tracks re imagined and served up hot. Grab your bestie, throw on something cute, and get ready to rock the house with Ariel and her boys in this must see theater event!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3192262?date=1820990
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/menopausalmermaid/
Web: www.menopausalmermaid.info

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Save the date: 2018 Youth Valentine’s Dance on February 24th

Tickets available now online for $7: Click here to get your tickets!

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Happy New Year 2018

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Over $10,000 raised for Puerto Rico’s LGBT community relief efforts!

Boston’s LGBTQ and Ally Community Come Together To Help Make the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Brunch Fundraiser at Club Café a Big Success

Donations exceed $10,000 and are still being accepted

(Photo on left: Wilfred Labiosa, Marco Torres, Photo on right: Drag performers with Wilfred Labiosa at Hurricane Relief Brunch at Club Café waiting to go on stage)

(Boston) December 21, 2017 – Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving campaign to raise funds for Hurricane Relief efforts for the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico has surpassed expectations after holding a fundraising drive on Giving Tuesday and hosting a brunch on Sunday, December 17 at Club Café alongside Boston Latinx Pride and Club Cafe. The total amount raised is over $10,000 and donations are still being accepted online at http://www.bostonpride.org/pr/ Funds raised will benefit Waves Ahead, a Puerto Rico based non-profit organization that provides support to the LGBTQ community that has been affected by Hurricane Maria which has devastated the island.

 

The fundraising brunch at the Club Café was sold out and featured entertainment by drag performers Verna Turbulence, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil, Jayden Jamison KA St. James, Tee Sparks, Kamden T. Rage and Karroll Barreneche who donated their time, talent and tips for the event.  Guitarist Gian Carlo Buscaglia, who also donated his time, serenaded the audience with traditional holiday songs from the Latino community.

 

(Gian Carlo Buscaglia)

 

 

“Boston Pride is tremendously grateful to those who attended the Hurricane Relief brunch and to the performers who donated their time,” said Marco Torres, Boston Pride Board Member and Chair of Latinx Pride. “The event was truly a rainbow representation from our community that cares so deeply about others and who rallied around this important cause to help our LGBTQ Community in Puerto Rico.”

 

At the brunch, Wilfred Labiosa, former Boston Pride Board Member and founder of Latinx Pride and Manager of Waves Ahead, told the crowd about the current situation in Puerto Rico for the LGBTQ community and others, many of whom are affected by depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome and other afflictions in the aftermath of the hurricane.

 

“There is still time to donate and make a huge difference in the lives of LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico who have been severely impacted by the Hurricane. $28 will provide one month of clean drinking water for one person, $1,000 will provide a generator and one month of meals for one person, and any level of donation is appreciated.”

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Boston Pride VP Linda DeMarco elected co-president of InterPride

Boston Pride Takes on a Major Role in InterPride

Linda DeMarco Elected as Co-President

(Boston, MA) – December 5, 2017 – Boston Pride is taking on a major role in InterPride, the international organization that ties together more than 220 Prides from across the globe with two of its leaders in key positions. Boston Pride Vice President Linda DeMarco was recently elected Co-President of InterPride at its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in early October. In 2016, Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni was elected as an InterPride Regional Director representing the North East Regional States. This adds to the strength and commitment to InterPride from Boston Pride.

Boston Pride is one of the five founders of InterPride which was established in 1982, in Boston, when representatives from various Pride organizations across the U.S. gathered to share their common experiences and support each other. In 2012, Boston Pride hosted the 30th Annual InterPride World Conference.

“It is truly an honor to lead InterPride as it has its roots in Boston where the commitment to advocating for the LGBTQ community is without question,” said DeMarco. “I look forward to leading InterPride as we need to ensure that all Prides around the world are represented and have a voice.”

In her role as Co-President, DeMarco will set the vision and the agenda for InterPride and its board of 49 members from across the globe. She is Co-President with Brett Hayhoe of Australia. Previously, DeMarco had served as InterPride’s Treasurer.

DeMarco has been involved with the LGBTQ advocacy community for more than 20 years, beginning in the 1980’s when she marched in her first Boston Pride Parade in honor of a friend who passed away from AIDS. She is past President of Boston Pride, the fourth largest Pride parade in the country.

DeMarco has been recognized for her decades of service to the LGBTQ community and received the David LaFontaine Award for Excellence in Commitment to LGBT Youth. She has also been honored by the Gay Officers Action League and also received an Abigail Adams award from the Mass. Women’s Political Caucus for her outstanding work. DeMarco is also an accomplished businesswoman as the owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery in Jamaica Plain that she has operated for more than 20 years.

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2017 Year in Review from Boston Pride

2017 Year in Review from Boston Pride

Celebrating Record Breaking Numbers at the 2017 Parade and Festival

Thanks the Community for Its Ongoing Support of the LGBTQ Community Heading into 2018

(Boston, MA) – December 4, 2017 – As 2017 ends, Boston Pride is celebrating a record-breaking year for the Boston Pride Parade and Festival and is thanking those who continue to show their support for the LGBTQ community as we enter into a new year. The 47th annual Pride Parade and Festival, which took place June 2 to 11, consisted of over 45,000 marchers from 331 contingents with over 550,000 spectators. An estimated 125,000 individuals attended in the Pride Festival at City Hall plaza. This year, Boston Pride created a “Solidarity” category to encourage small nonprofits to join the Parade and the Festival with a discounted fee. The “Solidarity” groups made up about 22 percent of the total groups participating in the parade, with nonprofit organizations making up almost 70 percent of the parade.

Among the groups marching were 29 survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, who commemorated the year anniversary since the tragedy. As a special honor to the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting, trans activist Renee Manning built a float and invited 1,000 people to dance along the parade route as part of a Grand Dance remembering those who were killed. Survivors of the massacre joined Manning and traveled the parade route on the float.

“In a year that has been so challenging for our community and beyond, it was gratifying to see that so many people made a point of supporting our community at the parade and festival,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We want to thank those individuals, as well as the many partners and sponsors who help us to put on a parade and festival that is safe, joyous, and celebratory.”

In addition to a successful parade and festival, Boston Pride also saw tremendous growth in its social media and digital presence. During the two day period that included the parade, festival and block parties, Boston Pride reached close to 55,000 people on Facebook. From June 1st to the 11th, the organization reached more than 140,000 people in total. During the month of June, Boston Pride also reached 179,000 impressions on Twitter and during the 9-day Pride Week, had almost 7,000 engagements on Instagram.

This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” focused on the current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people. It stressed the imperative that the diverse groups that comprise the LGBTQ community stand together and fight for civil rights for all. In October 2017, Boston Pride announced the parade award winners at its Fall Open House. They included:

  • Best Marching Group (2 winners)
    • Lasell Village Pride
    • New England Home for Little Wanderers
  • Best Float
    • Island Pride
  • Best Youth Group
    • Medford High School Gay Straight Alliance
  • Best Use of 2017 Theme “Stronger Together”
    • Project Pride
  • Best Parade First-Timers
    • Vertex

For the first time ever, Boston Pride partnered with a major Boston television network, NBC Boston that created special programming and promotions throughout Pride Week. As the official television sponsor of Boston Pride, NBC Boston and NECN broadcast stories about the LGBTQ community and about the history of the organization, in addition to reporting on the Parade, Festival and Stronger Together rally and other events.

“2017 was truly a special year for Boston Pride as we had our first major television partner, NBC Boston, which allowed us to bring a piece of Pride to millions of viewers, creating visibility of the LGBTQ community in places where we have not been seen before,” said Bruni.

See links to NBC Boston stories during Pride Week:

During the 2017 Parade, Grand Marshal Kristen Porter and the families of the Parade Honorary Marshals Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray, marched and were honored. “We know that there will be even more work we need to do in 2018 to protect the rights of our community and to celebrate who we are as individuals. We appreciate so much the organizations, individuals, corporations, and institutions that help to make Boston Pride possible.”

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And your 2018 Boston Pride Marshals are…

Boston Pride is delighted to announce the following 2018 Pride Marshals, as selected by the community through our annual online vote:

Grand Marshal

Freedom for All Massachusetts

In June 2015, the broad-based bipartisan coalition Freedom for All Massachusetts launched with the goal of updating Massachusetts’ longstanding civil rights laws to include nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public places. The campaign aimed to add gender identity as a protected category in the Commonwealth’s public accommodations law. By June 2016, the law had passed by an overwhelming bipartisan supermajority of votes in both legislative chambers. Shortly after it went into effect on October 1, 2016, opponents of the law secured signatures to force law onto the 2018 ballot. The Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign continues to build the Commonwealth’s familiarity with transgender people, and to grow support for fair and equal treatment, so that we keep trans equality in the law of the Commonwealth.

Marshal

Jo Trigilio

Jo Trigilio has been a leader in the LGBTQ community serving on the Boston Dyke March organizing committee for more than a decade before stepping down a few years ago. Jo was instrumental at growing the march from a few hundred to several thousand participants, and maintaining its status as a grassroots, noncommercial, and radical event committed to all-gender inclusion. They now head the Boston Dyke March History and Archive Project which makes archival materials publically available online. Jo is a known peace maker, beloved professor, and activist. Jo is an ongoing contributor to the Pride Guide and has extended themselves to assist Boston Pride in addressing issues brought by the community. Jo is currently the Program Director of Gender/Cultural Studies at Simmons College. Jo’s current work focuses on nonbinary gender and ethnic/racial intersectionality.

Honorary Marshal

Gordon Burns

Gordon Burns, who recently passed, was a longtime Pride volunteer and Committee member. Gordon joined Boston Pride over 10 years ago to foster the engagement of LGBT older adults in the Pride celebration, and to ensure continued exchanges between the older and the younger generations of our community. Deeply engaged and active in our region, Gordon was a founding member of the Senior Pride Coalition, as well as a member of the Boston Prime Timers, the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, and OLLI Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston. His joyfulness and willingness to help everyone will always be remembered.

Honorary Marshal

Edie Windsor

Edith “Edie” Windsor, a hero of the fight for marriage equality, was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that bears her name. Edie made groundbreaking contributions to our community through her activism over the years. The “Windsor decision,” which was handed down in 2013 by the US Supreme Court, ensured the federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in 13 states and in the District of Columbia.

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And the 2018 Boston Pride Theme is…

The 2018 Boston Pride Theme is “Rainbow Resistance” as selected by the community through our annual online vote. Thank you to all who voted or suggested themes this year! This theme is a call for every segment of our community to unite in the resistance against the oppression and backwards policies of the current administration in Washington, DC, the systemic threats to communities of color and trans people in our country, and the potential repeal of trans equality legislation in Massachusetts. The social media hashtags for the 2018 Boston Pride celebration will be #WickedProud and #RainbowResistance.

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Today is World AIDS Day 2017

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World AIDS Day occurs every December 1st to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS around the world. A wealth of resources and information is available from the hiv.gov website. We encourage everyone to learn about the epidemic and prevention methods, and to get tested. You may locate the nearest testing facility using this online tool.

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