Show off your Pride in 2018 with official Boston Pride merchandise! Rainbow Resistance and Boston Pride gear is now available for purchase online from our partner We The People, a queer-owned and managed clothing company that has been supporting the Pride movement all over the United States since 1984. A portion of the proceeds benefits the programs of Boston Pride. Don’t wait! Get your style now in time for Pride Week 2018, June 1-10.
Join dozens of participants as we make a new Boston Pride tradition, with the second annual High Heel Dash for Charity on Saturday, June 2, on Union St. Each participant’s entry fee will go the Boston Pride Community Fund, which is aimed at financially supporting small, grassroots organizations in our community through annual grants. Past recipients of the Community Fund have used their grants to organize seminars for trans and youth audiences, to conduct health outreach to communities of color, or to enable projects for queer singers or grassroots activists. The High Heel Dash for Charity will help Boston Pride raise more funds, to empower more community members.
Volunteer registration for the 2018 Boston Pride Week celebration is now open online. Boston Pride drives change and progress in society by embracing our community’s diverse history, culture, and identities, promoting community engagement and inclusivity, and striving for visibility and respect in unity. Being a volunteer with Boston Pride means making a difference today and every day, all while having a great time with the team! Please consider volunteering during Boston Pride Week 2018 (June 1st – June 10th) – click here to see the various opportunities in 2018.
At its annual Spring Open House on Thursday, March 29, Boston Pride announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Fund grants. Since 2016, Boston Pride has awarded over $50,000 to 35 grassroots organizations in our community. Serving our community at a diversity of intersections, the 2018 Boston Pride Community Fund recipients are:
- Womxn of Color Weekend
- Stonewall Sports – Boston
- Dyke Night
- Gay for Good Boston
- Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective
- Boston Living Soulfully
- Open Theatre Project
- Cape Cod Pride
- Jackson’s CLASS
- Healing Our Community Collaborative
- Queer Mystic
For more information about the Boston Pride Community Fund and past recipients, click here.
Boston Pride is excited to share the schedule of Latinx Pride events for spring 2018. In partnership with Wicked Queer, Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, six Latinx movie screenings will be held as part of the 34th edition of the Film Festival. Starting on Friday, March 30, the screenings will feature a wide spectrum of Latinx stories:
- Bixa Travesty follows Linn da Quebrada, a black trans woman who is a pop performer from impoverished periurban São Paulo;
- En Algún Lugar is a love story between two young men, Abel & Diego, set against the background of a broken U.S. immigration system;
- Latinx Shorts: a series of short films;
- Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) follows Pedro, who earns a living in chat rooms as he transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam;
- Public Intimacy (Intimidade Pública) includes four stories that deal with urgent and profound themes, like homophobia, prostitution, transsexuality, and madness;
- Shorts Spotlight: Brasil: a selection of shorts from Brasil.
The Boston Latinx Pride celebration will conclude with a Dragapalooza Paint Party & Latinx Drag Show hosted by the Imperial Court of Massachusetts on April 15, an event to benefit Latinx Pride programming.
For more information and a detailed calendar of events, click here!
In addition to these local events, Boston Latinx Pride seeks to encourage ongoing solidarity with our fellow community members in Puerto Rico. While it has been months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, federal agency support is dwindling and many areas are still awaiting the restoration of electricity and access to clean water. In light of the continued dire situation, Boston Pride is extending its fundraising campaign to assist the queer community in Puerto Rico. Donations are still accepted to benefit Waves Ahead, a Puerto Rico-based LGBT organization that is providing on-the-ground relief. For more information and to contribute to the recovery efforts, please click here.
Due to high volume of recent inquiries about advertising opportunities in the Boston Pride Guide, we are extending the booking period until Sunday, April 15 at 11:59pm. This extension is final, so don’t miss out on your chance to have your products and services featured in the official magazine of Boston Pride. Click here to book your ad now. With 25,000 print copies freely available at 460+ locations in New England, and a digital format read in 131 countries around the world, the Boston Pride Guide is the premier, issue-based community publication, and the authoritative source on all Boston Pride events. Don’t wait, book now!
Boston Pride, Victory Programs and the Red Sox are offering you a chance to throw the first pitch at the game!
Raffle tickets are being sold for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, at $100 each, with a maximum of 200 tickets. The proceeds will be split equally between Victory Programs and Boston Pride, to support each organization’s community programming.
In addition to throwing the first pitch, the winner also receives four premium tickets to the game, in the State Street Pavilion, dinner for four at Boston Chops in the South End, four Red Sox Pride hats and four Red Sox Pride flags!
Last year’s winner of this amazing opportunity, Danny Tyrrell, had this to share:
“Throwing the first pitch at Fenway Park was truly a once in a lifetime experience…never mind, during Pride night! I would say I can now knock it off my bucket list, but it was never on the list to begin with because I could never have imagined that was possible! It was an incredibly exciting moment to share with my family and friends on such a special weekend for our community.”
If you would like to participate, please click here to get your raffle tickets.
The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly opened Explorateur. The winner need not be present – the event is from 6 to 9 pm and the drawing will be around 8:30 pm.
The deadline to book your ad in the 2018 edition of the Boston Pride Guide is April 1st. Don’t wait, book now! Join the numerous businesses and non-profits, like Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Buffalo Exchange, OUT MetroWest, Bank of America, BoConcept, Fenway Health, MassEquality and many more in advertising your events, products, and services to the New England LGBTQ community! Your ad will be featured in 25,000 print copies at 460+ locations in New England. With an online readership of 45,000+ community members in 124 countries, and over 370,000 impressions, the Boston Pride Guide also provides you with unparalleled access to a premium digital audience. Thanks to your support, we ensure that the Boston Pride Guide is:
available at ALL Boston Pride events
written by the community for the community
directly supports Boston Pride programming year-round
the most accurate Boston Pride information directly from the source
a high-quality, full format, color, glossy magazine for our community
also available in digital format on our website and at issuu.com/bostonpride
Boston Pride is excited to announce a new partnership with Big Night Entertainment Group to bring you a series of events at their Boston venues, leading up to Boston Pride Week 2018. Join us on Sunday April 8th, from 12noon to 4pm, for our monthly meet-up at Scorpion Bar (58 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA), one of the hottest new nightlife spots in the Seaport district. Featuring delicious Mexican brunch dishes and plenty of mimosas and margaritas, this first event promises a new take on Sunday brunch! Afterward, stick around for Scorpion Day Club, and enjoy a live DJ performance and dancing, as the rainbow takes over the Seaport. This will be one hot Sunday Funday you won’t want to miss. See you there!
Boston Pride attended the 2018 North East Regional Pride (NERP) conference, hosted by Rhode Island Pride this month in Providence, RI. Twelve members of our Committee networked with fellow Pride organizers in the northeast United States, and attended educational sessions, with topics ranging from “LGBTI Human Rights at the UN” and “Active Shooter Training” to “Creating and Sustaining Effective Organizational Cultures” and “An Intergenerational Approach to Pride”. Additionally, two members of the Boston Pride Committee, Boston Pride Guide Co-editor Jessie DeStefano, and Advising Editor Michael Anthony Fowler, delivered a hands-on workshop about developing inclusivity policies. The 2018 NERP conference also marked the end of Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni’s term as regional director, a position that affords representation for NERP members on the board of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers. Our organization’s strong presence at this conference, and our continued involvement with InterPride, shows the leadership role Boston Pride is taking in the Pride movement worldwide.