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Out at Fenway is tonight

Photo Credit: Patrick Lentz Photography

If you live in the Boston area and are looking for something fun to do, check out Pride Night at Fenway Park. While the official block of tickets have sold out, you can still purchase tickets to the game on the Red Sox website.

Tonight the stadium will have several thousand LGBTQ+ fans cheering on the Red Sox so come out and enjoy a fun night out at Fenway Park. I will be in the bleachers (sect 42) with a few friends. Hope to see you there. Pre-game celebrations hosted by Boston Proud will take place at The Cask-n-Flagon from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.

Boston Pride 2022

Boston Pride is going to look different this year. With the dissolution of Boston Pride, the city’s LGBTQ+ community has continued to thrive but no single organization has stepped into the vacuum that was created. To help spread the word, each Sunday in June BosGuy.com will publish a full list of events for the coming week. Support these organizations by attending their events.

Below are some of the 50+ Pride event scheduled in June. Many require tickets, so make plans and get tickets now. More information for events happening each week in June will be published each Sunday for the week ahead.

Sampling of 2022 Boston Pride events

June 1 – Heels for Hope returns to raise money for BAGLY
Tickets & event details available here

June 5 – We Outside Day Party at the Encore Casino & Resort
Hosted by Men of Melanin Magic
Tickets & event details here

June 10 – Boston’s Dyke March
Event details available here

June 11 – (NEW PRIDE EVENT) Pride BarFest 2022
Hosted by Lesbian NightLife and includes 10 Venues DJ’s, Drag & Live Music
Tickets & event details available here

June 11 – Chandler Street Block Party
Hosted by Boston Proud
Tickets & event details here

June 12 – Back Bay Block Party
Hosted by Lesbian NightLife
Tickets & event details here

June 15 – Pride Night at Fenway
Tickets & event details here

June 25 – Trans Resistance March
Event details here

More events and programming will be shared each week. If you are organizing a Pride-related event and would like to be included, please reach out directly at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Boston Pride Shuts Down: What’s the deal?

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Reverend Irene Monroe has penned an article in the new issue of Boston Spirit Magazine, “Why Shut Down Boston Pride?” (I’d love to include a link but at the time I wrote this Boston Spirit’s website still didn’t have the article online. How is that even possible? But I digress.)

The well written article starts back in June 2020 when Boston Pride hired two consultants to help them address the growing chorus of criticism that Linda DeMarco (President) and the Boston Pride Board was too secretive, inhospitable to new ideas or suggestions, and increasingly tone deaf – especially to the trans and non-white LGBTQ+ members of our community. For many, Boston Pride’s mishandling of and the resulting tepid response to the murder of George Floyd had become a tipping point.

The goal of engaging the consultants was to help Boston Pride transform – empowering and engaging different members of the community as well as to help refocus and reaffirm Pride’s commitment to all of Boston’s LGBTQ community. What happened instead was the President of Boston Pride and the Board unilaterally stepped down and abruptly dissolved the organization. The work, the relationships and the fifty years of history associated with the organization was essentially deleted, leaving many in the community (yours truly included) wondering W-T-F?

Rev. Monroe wrote, “As our community reels from the shock of Boston Pride disbanding, questions remain unanswered around the organization’s finances.” I hate to think like that but it would be naive not to recognize how much money Boston Pride must have recieved in corporate sponsorships. But thus far Linda DeMarco and the Board have remained tightlipped, unwilling to talk to anyone, including Rev. Monroe.

The last response Rev. Monroe received from DeMarco was a few weeks ago via email where she said, “it has been a difficult time with closing down Boston Pride and all that goes with it, but we did it for the betterment of our community and for the future of our leaders.” I find that response difficult to take at face value. I know that Linda and the Boston Pride members have dedicated many hours to helping grow Boston Pride with the hope that they can empower and give voice to the LGBTQ community, but this last chapter of Boston Pride leaves a bitter taste and seems foul.

What’s Next?

It doesn’t seem like any one voice or direction has emerged from the ashes thus far. Time will tell what will happen as members of Boston’s LGBTQ community come together, but I can say that in light of the news that has come out about Boston Pride since its dissolution, it is hard for me to miss the organization.

Boston Pride disolves

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Boston Pride has been embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with activists who have called the organization racist and “trans-exclusionary”. In response to the ongoing pressure and criticism Boston Pride president, Linda DeMarco, stepped down last month. For background on her departure and the criticism leveled at the organization, read more here.

Activists were not satisfied by that response saying it was too little too late and that the all white Boston Pride board didn’t represent the LGBTQ+ community and needed to resign now. And a boycott Boston Pride event was scheduled on Saturday, June 12th in conjunction with the second annual Trans Resistance March and Vigil. In response to the mounting pressure, the Boston Pride Board issued a statement today at 4:30 p.m. that the entire Board would resign and Boston Pride will shutdown.

“By making the decision to close down, we hope new leaders will emerge from the community to lead the Pride movement in Boston.”

– Boston Pride Board of Directors

You can read the full resignation letter online at, www.bostonpride.org.

The sudden dissolution of Boston Pride puts into question if there will be a 50th anniversary Boston Pride celebration later this fall. Earlier this year Boston Pride had indicated in-person celebrations might be scheduled in October.

Boston Pride president, Linda DeMarco, to resign as calls for a boycott of Boston Pride grows

Boston Pride has been embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with activists who have (for some time) called the non-profit organization racist and “trans-exclusionary”.

The tipping point for activists came last summer after the Boston Pride board’s tepid response to the police killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The organization’s response was developed without consulting Black Pride subcommittee members. Critics said the board routinely disregard LGBTQ+ minority groups (especially those in the trans community) and that the all-white Boston Pride leadership and board needs to go. Organizers say by removing the entire board it will give the organization a fresh new start – one that is hopefully more representational of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community.

In today’s Boston Globe, Sue O’Connell, copublisher of Bay Windows and a host at NECN, the official media sponsor of Boston Pride, said, “The pandemic and the reckoning of our unjust racial past has just claimed the Pride committee because they were unable to actually do the right thing over many, many years.”

Activists are calling for the entire Boston Pride board to resign and are holding their second annual vigil for Black Trans Lives on Saturday. DiMarco’s announcement will certainly be acknowledged from the stage, but will DeMarco’s resignation be enough? The protest and vigil will start in Nubian Square and people will march to Franklin Park. More information about that is available here.

Ride with Pride Blue Bikes in June

Boston Tweet, Tom O'Keefe, Blue Bike Pride
Shown above, Tom O’Keefe, who you can follow on Twitter at @BostonTweet

For every ride on a pride-themed bike in June, Bluebikes title sponsor Blue Cross will donate $1 to support LGBTQ+ health care at Fenway Health

Even though Boston Pride will only be officially observed virtually this June, pride flags are popping up everywhere and local employers are coming up with creative ways to show they support the local LGBTQ+ community.

Yesterday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced that 100 Bluebikes will be given rainbow wraps to celebrate Pride Month in Boston. The health insurer also pledges to donate $1 for every ride on these “Pride bikes” to support LGBTQ+ health at Fenway Health.

2021 Boston Pride postponed

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Boston Pride and the City of Boston announced today that the Boston Pride Parade and Festival will not be held in June but may be rescheduled for later this fall similar to other large annual events like the Boston Marathon. The reason for the postponement is due to the ongoing state of emergency from the coronavirus pandemic. Large gatherings in the state have been banned until Massachusetts moves into Phase 4. 

Boston Pride also announced that it will be developing a series of virtual events in June to commemorate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of Boston Pride.  Virtual events being planned for June include the Pride Flag Raising at City Hall Plaza and the Pride Lights ceremony to honor all those lost to and affected by HIV/AIDS. More information on these events will be available in the coming weeks.

You can read the full media release on the Boston Pride website.

Boston Red Sox: LGBTQ ally

Today is the last day of Boston Pride Week 2020 so I wanted to share an excellent article from Out Sports blog that details how the Boston Red Sox went from the last team in MLB to integrate to being one of the biggest champions of LGBTQ Pride.

This year the Boston Red Sox were planning their Pride Night this season to coincide with Boston Pride’s 50-year anniversary and how amazing would that have been? I’ve really enjoyed the annual Pride celebration at Fenway and each year it gets better so I can only imagine what might have been this year.

As of last season, all but two MLB teams hosted a Pride event. MLB’s decision to name Billy Bean as its Ambassador for Inclusion has helped change the culture around the league, but the Red Sox have done more than just host a Pride Night. The Fenway Sports Group has donated to LGBT causes around the city, including a $200,000 pledge to Fenway Health, the region’s largest LGBTQ clinic and resource center. But there is so much more to this story so read the full article on Out Sports, How the Red Sox, who were the last team to integrate, became champions of LGBTQ Pride.

Happy Pride Boston

This year Boston Pride celebrations have been cancelled and the parties, events and fundraisers not to mention the massive parade and block parties will not happen, but that doesn’t mean that Pride is cancelled. Walking through the South End in Boston it makes me happy  to see so many Pride flags, because to borrow a few lines from a favorite book of mine,

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.’ “

While I appreciate that corporate America wants to show their support and are very visible during Pride Week, that  is not what the celebration is all about and this year (what would’ve been the 50th anniversary of Boston Pride), maybe it would be good if we all stopped to think about why Pride remains relevant.

Celebrate Pride in your own way. Be proud. Speak up for our community and for all marginalized communities, because we are stronger together.

Happy Pride

Boston Pride postponed to June 2021

Earlier today Boston Pride announced that the 50th annual Boston Pride celebration will be postponed to Saturday, June 12, 2021. For those of you who already registered for the 2020 Festival, Boston Pride organizers have shared the following options listed below.

+ You may transfer your 2020 registration fee to the 2021 festival.  Boston Pride will communicate with you about the new registration process for the 2021 festival that opens on November 15, 2020 and we will apply your payment towards that registration.

+ You may have the fee refunded (minus the processing fee if payment was made with a credit card) and the registration canceled.  If you paid by credit we will make the refund to the card on file unless you tell us otherwise. If you paid by check, please tell us who to make the check to and who to send it to.

+ You may convert all or part of your registration fee into a tax-deductible charitable donation to Boston Pride, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For more details, visit bostonpride.org/festival.

Become a reSISTER: Responding to “straight pride”

gay bostonThere has been a lot of media surrounding “Straight Pride” in Boston this August. I shared my thoughts about this in my June post, Straight Pride: Media spectacle only if you allow it

I’m not in favor of giving the organizers of this parade any amount of attention since the parade has less to do with ‘Straight pride’ and more to do with getting free media attention so I was really happy to learn that the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have come up with a creative and constructive response.

From August 29 to September 1, the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will hold a series of fun, inclusive activities in the Boston area to provide a safe space for LGBTQ people. The event will kick off that Thursday with the “RE-Sister night at Flatbread Pizza Company” in Somerville. The event begins at 5 p.m.

reSISTER Events this Weekeend
Night of bowling, drinking, and dining @Flat Bread Pizza Co.
AIDS memorial tree blessing
Bar Ministry Presence: Sisters will be visible at local gay bars
Meditation in Back Bay
Sister’s Brunch

The Mass Rainbow Times has a great article about the Sister’s response to this farce of a parade, that you can read here. If you’d like to learn more about any of these events, learn more about the Boston Convent or maybe make a donation to this group so they can continue their important ministries to the Boston gay community visit their website at, thebostonsisters.org.

Will you be at Out at Fenway tonight

Furry Friday Red SoxI’m off to my first Red Sox game of the season later this evening. It happens to be Out at Fenway. I’m hoping for a better game than last night’s disappointing loss in extra innings. Will you be at Fenway Park tonight?

Be proud Boston – Happy Pride

The 2019 Boston Pride parade is winding its way through the South End at the moment. The transformation of Boston Pride over the years is really amazing. In the early years, it can best be described as a political protest and statement to be seen and heard. Later it became an opportunity to celebrate our lives and advocate for AIDS funding. Now Boston Pride seems quite sedate with a mind-numbing stream of  schools, churches, companies and politicians marching, While many will bemoan the Pride of yore, from a civil rights perspective, what the LGBTQ community has accomplished over the past 50 years is amazing.

So even if we find ourselves in scary times and let’s face it, when the President of the US jokes that his Vice President, Mike Pence, “hates gays so much he’d like to hang them”  that qualifies as scary times — we should take great pride in the progress that has been made. There is still more to do so this week and always, be loud and be proud.

What to do this weekend: Boston Pride

Below are about 25 events and parties that will take place this weekend – the final weekend of Boston Pride. I hope you’ll make the most of the weekend and appreciate the support the LGBTQ community enjoys here in Massachusetts.

We should be proud of the gains the LGBTQ community has made over the past 50 years since Stonewall.  Work remains to be done, but for this weekend let’s celebrate who we are and who we love.


Joe Posa as Joan Rivers, “Back & Bitter Than Ever”! performs at Club Cafe for one night only

Blend & Fields Corner Main Street Dorchester PRIDE is back for its third celebration starting at 8PM at Blend

Boudoir: a Sultry Underground Queer Dance Party for Boston Pride heartfelt expression of music, dance, performance and atmospheric gratutitude to the queer community of Boston to honor the annual feast of PRIDE – two tiers of tickets available for this party that starts at 9PM

Super GQB: Pride Edition is at The Good Life in downtown starting at 9PM

MOBD Muscle Otter Bear Daddy Boston Pride is in Cambridge at the Middle East, doors open at 9PM

H E R O E S Friday June 7: PRIDE Edition takes place right around the corner from MOBD at Sonia and will be playing 80s New Wave

dbar Pride Stop Light Party is always a lot of fun so stop by and be mindful of the color codes: Single – Ask Me – Taken

Machine’s Final Pride Blowout with Adore Delano this will be Ramrod/Machine’s final Boston Pride celebration so join them with special guest Adore Delano to celebrate starting at 10PM

Back Bay block PartySATURDAY

Boston Pride Parade starts at 11AM in Copley Square before it winds through the South End – but take your time this parade is always running late

Boston Pride Concert at Government Center will include the likes of Todrick Hall, Robin S. and Beth Sacks from 12-6PM

Chandler Street Block Party starts after the parade finishes and runs til 7PM – all money raised goes to benefit the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

DONT ASK DONT TELL: FLUX ft. Pissy Pussy *Queer Pride 2019*is back with another amazing party at Great Scott in Allston starting at 10PM

Visceral / PRIDE dance night that takes the audience on a journey through the sensuous and daring sounds of techno and beyond at The Lower Level

Legacy Pride with Yvie Oddly is in the Theater District – doors open at 10PM

Epic Saturdays *Pride 2019 Main Event* takes place at the House of Blues with the doors opening at 9PM — this party will sell out

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Taste The Pride at Stella’s Celebratory Gay Pride Brunch on Sunday June 9th. We will be featuring LVP (Lisa Vanderpump) Rosé

Boston Pride Back Bay Block Party starts at 1PM but won’t get busy until later in the afternoon – definitely make plans to stop by and enjoy this party

Spill the Tea W Boston’s Tea Dance keeps the party going for those looking for an alternative to the large block party in Back Bay from 4-9PM at the W

Mass Bears and Cubs Harbor Cruise leaves at 6PM so make sure you don’t arrive fashionably late otherwise you’ll miss out on all the fun and great music

*sip* PRIDE EDITION w/DJ Brian Halligan X Garden Club & DUSTY takes place downstairs at Jacques starting at 6PM

Pride Retro Tea begins at 6PM at Club Cafe

Pabllo Vittar Live in Concert the famous Brazilian drag queen will be performing at Royale – doors open at 8PM

Wicked Huge Pride Party Finale is at Candibar – doors open at 9PM

Celebrating Boston’s LGBTQ history

gay boston, gay clubs Boston’s own The History Project has joined forces with Boston Pride to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, an action that helped launch the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

Starting this month, banners and posters have gone up around Boston and Cambridge on buildings where LGBTQ history was made. Think of it as Boston’s very own “Gay Freedom Trail”. The History Project has created an interactive map that describes each location’s connection to our city’s LGBTQ history to make it easier for you to follow along. I hope this becomes an annual tradition.

The History Project Interactive map to Boston’s LGBTQ history