Tag Archives: Boston Pride

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.

FRIDAY

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

gay bostonSUNDAY

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

Vintage gay

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Boston Gay Pride 1970 Source Spencer Grant || Getty Images

It is Boston Pride Week so I thought it appropriate to share this photo which was sent to me earlier this spring, depicting people marching in 1970 at one of Boston’s first pride parades. Following the Stonewall riots in NYC in the summer of 1969, the gay community in large cities around the US came together to flex their political muscle and make their voices heard.

These men and women paved the way for people like you and me and we are all in their debt. These are the people who I dedicate this weekly post. Their determination to live an authentic life inspires me and I hope they inspire you.

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Mass bears and cubs Boston harbor cruise is this Sunday

gay bostonLast chance to get your tickets to the Mass Bears & Cubs annual harbor cruise on Sunday, June 9th.  Boarding begins at 5:30 and departs at 6PM sharp.

Scan the QR Code above or purchase your tickets ($40) here.