By Cassandra Bent
Known for their yearly parade, the Boston Pride Committee has been serving the community since 1970.
Every year the Boston Living Center marches in the Boston Pride Parade. The BLC sets up a committee, has a float, and throws goodies into the crowd.
Boston Pride Mission Statement:
“The Boston Pride Committee, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied community, works to enhance the visibility of Boston’s LGBT community through a week of events each June, in conjunction with year-round activities, to promote LGBT awareness, dignity, and understanding.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary for Boston Pride. Boston Pride Week 2010 will be June 4-13, and the theme is “Riots to Rights- Celebrating 40 Years of Progress.” This theme is in memory of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which, according to Boston Pride, began the modern Gay Rights movement.
“As Boston Pride celebrates its 40th Anniversary, we encourage our community to remember the brave pioneers before us who bravely took to the streets in protest and in anger, but with incredible hope that one day we would overcome the harsh shackles and restraints of hatred, bigotry and discrimination.”
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride dates back to the Stonewall Riots, and parades became more organized in the 1980s. The San Fransico Pride parade is one of those organized parades, and is also one of the most well-known parades. “A world leader in the Pride movement,” according to their website, San Francisco is also celebrating their 40 year anniversary this June.
Now, the government recognizes gay rights as well. President Obama gave a proclamation that is located on the White House website. The proclamation dates to June 1, 2009 saying: “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.”
This year’s Boston Pride parade will be Saturday, June 12 at noon. It will begin on Tremont St., and end at the Pride Festival at City Hall. The celebration will be filled with merchandise vendors and community groups.
To register to walk in the parade: Click Here
To register for the festival: Click Here
To give to Boston Pride, volunteer, or learn more, visit the Boston Pride website.