While Gay Pride celebrations now happen virtually year round, June remains the month when most cities host their traditional LGBT festivals. What started as a political movement born out of a need to advocate for change has grown to also become a celebration of our lives, families, contributions to society and hopes for a better tomorrow for everyone in our community.
Pride celebrations are a fantastic way to bring our diverse community together and celebrate. Below are dates for some of the many US Pride celebrations this June.
June 5 – 7 Detroit and Milwaukee
June 12-14 Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
June 19 – 21 Denver, New Orleans and Providence
June 26 – 28 Chicago, Houston, NYC, San Francisco, and Seattle
I’m happy to write that I couldn’t list all of the Pride celebrations in the US because there are now so many. Feel free to give your local Pride celebration a shout out in my comments section no matter where you may be celebrating.
The Boston Pride Committee wants you to help them take over the Faneuil Hall bar, The Point, and dance the night away on Saturday, April 18th. Doors open at the astonishingly early hour of 7PM and there is no cover until after 10PM.
The Point Boston is located around the corner from The Bell in Hand Pub and Green Dragon at 147 Hanover Street. The closest subway station would be the orange and green line Haymarket MBTA stop.
Earlier today Boston Pride announced they were launching “Friends of Boston Pride” as a way for people to directly contribute and support Boston Pride. Becoming a “Friend of Boston Pride” helps support programs like Youth Pride, Latino Pride, human rights and education programs sponsored by Boston Pride.
Join me as a Friend of Boston Pride on their 45th anniversary
Boston Pride officially starts on Friday, June 5th and runs through Sunday, June 14th; ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. 2015 Pride Week will include events like, the 1st annual Gala, Pride Day at Faneuil Hall, Black Pride Cruise, AIDS Walk, Pride Diplomatic Reception, Pride Lights, Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night at Fenway Park, Boston Pride Festival and Parade, Pride Youth Dance, Block Parties.
For more information on how to donate and become a Friend of Boston Pride, visit www.bostonpride.org/friends.
On Sunday, Boston Pride hosts their official block party from 12-8 PM. The weather was absolutely spectacular and a large crowd came out to enjoy themselves. Below are a few photos from the block party.
Back Bay block party
Dirk and Jesse pose for a quick photo
Sergio in the thick of it
Gawd bless shirtless menz
Well hello there Harry (and posse)
Left to Right: Handsome, Handsome, Handsome, Handsome and Handsome
This past Saturday Boston hosted its 44th annual Boston Pride Parade with approximately 25,000 people marching in the parade. The parade’s grand marshals were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Marty Walsh. This year’s theme was Be Yourself, Change the World. Below are photos from Saturday’s party and the Chandler Street Block party that raises funds for AIDS Action.
Mayor Marty Walsh
This caring doctor was distributing injections
The Parade attracts a handsome crowd
More handsome menz
A colorful crowd too
Can you spot the Top Chef at this Stoop Party?
Saturday Block Party following the Boston Pride Parade
Boston’s annual Chandler Street Block Party
God bless all those shirtless men
…and those in drag
Nice photo bomb – anonymous guy
There were some great costumes like these flappers
Don’t miss this fun block party. The DJs are always excellent and the event is well run. The party started a few hours ago so the line may be long when you get there but Boston Pride does a good job at keeping the line moving so don’t be discouraged.
Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 12 noon – 8 pm
Back Bay on St. James Avenue
$15 with proceeds going to Boston Pride Committee
See you there.
Not quite a Vintage ‘Tube clip but in honor of Boston Pride I thought I’d share a video compilation of 2013 Boston Pride.
Have a great evening.