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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.

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.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

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.

What to do this week: Boston Pride edition

This week’s post will be focused on and dedicated to Boston Pride themed events taking place around the city. I’d like to encourage you to make plans to go out and be visible and have fun, supporting the many programs taking place. Below is partial listing of Boston Pride events taking place.

Boston Pride, gay boston, BAGLYMONDAY

Out Professional Executive Networking (OPEN) hosts a networking event at Red Lantern from 6-9PM.

Queer Me Out at the W Hotel with Carmen Carrera from 6:30 – 9:00PM to talk about transgender rights.

Heels for Hope is the annual BAGLY fundraiser that takes place this year at Club Cafe, starting at 7PM – If you’ve procrastinated you can buy your tickets there.

Stonewall 50 Community Forum at Faneuil Hall with special guests Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, former Obama White House Aide and Director of External Relations for the National Center for Transgender Equality; and Amy Hoffman, Author of An Army of Ex-Lovers:  My Life at the Gay Community News and veteran of the early LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement in Boston starting at 7PM.

gay boston, boston prideTUESDAY

Pridelights takes place this year at Blackstone Square Park with your lovely host, Verna Turbulence – come down to the park for the tree lighting ceremony and entertainment starting at 6PM.

Trivia Eleganza Extravaganza hosts a very gay trivia night at Club Cafe starting at 7PM – all are welcome.

ShowTune Tuesday hosts a very special Pride edition starting at 9PM with VJ Ryan Grow at dbar.

WEDNESDAY

QUINGO (Queer Bingo) is pretty much exactly how it sounds and will take place at Turtle Swamp Brewery in JP starting at 6PM

Atomic Karaoke: Pride Edition! is at Club Cafe starting at 10PM

Pride Puerto Rican Invasion! is at Legacy in the Theater District – doors will open at 10PM

THURSDAY

Pride Book Reading from local author (as well as my friend and neighbor) will be reading excerpts from his most current book, The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown and Beyond at the Boston Public Library – in the Commonwealth Room starting at 6PM

Machine’s Final Pride Kick Off (18+) with pop-up performances from some of your favorite local drag queens and karaoke with Rob Botelho

Yaasss Pride with special guest, Naomi Smalls from RuPaul’s Drag Race for Yaasss Pride! She will be performing alongside your Yaasss girls, Alana Thicc, Penny Tentiary and Yune Neptune. DJ Begbick – doors open at 10PM

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

Chandler Street Block Party, gay bostonSATURDAY

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

Heels for Hope is next Monday, June 3rd

Boston Pride, gay bostonTickets for this year’s Heels for Hope are on sale (get’em here). This year’s event takes place next week on the Monday, June 3rd at Club Cafe.

If you purchase tickets ahead of time you can get a free drink courtesy of Ketel One botanicals so get your tickets before this event sells out. The money goes to the very worthy not-for-profit, BAGLY.

Heels for Hope at Club Cafe
Monday, June 3rd || 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Learn more and get your tickets here

If you need to pick up a new pair of pumps, support local businesses and head over to Dorothy’s Boutique on Mass Ave, the shop specializes in selling shoes for “big girls” and all sorts of other tempting accessories.

Heels for Hope tickets are now on sale

BAGLY, Boston Pride

Heels for Hope is Monday, June 3rd at Club Cafe

Tickets for this year’s Heels for Hope have gone on sale (get’em here). This year’s event takes place on the Monday of Boston Pride Week, June 3rd at Club Cafe.

Presale tickets which are available starting today, are $30 and will get you a free drink courtesy of Ketel One botanicals.  This year’s big raffle prize are two tickets to see Margaret Cho’s show in Provincetown and a night at the Boatslip so bring some extra cash for the raffle. All your money goes to a great local charity.

Heels for Hope at Club Cafe
Monday, June 3rd || 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Learn more and get your tickets here

heels for hope is a gay fund raiser in BostonBRAVO! Last year Boston’s well-heeled supporters raised more than $10,500 for BAGLY, a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to social justice and advocating for programs, policies, and services for LGBTQ youth.  Let’s see if we can set a new record and raise even more money this year.

Tickets for Pride Night at Fenway Park now on sale

Boston PrideI know it is still several weeks away but I wanted to remind Red Sox Nation that Boston Pride will be teaming up with the Boston Red Sox for their annual Pride Night at Fenway Park.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, June 11th when the World Champions will host the Texas Rangers. As with past years, all are welcome to join for a special pregame Pride Party on the Right Field Roof Deck.

If you’re planning to purchase more than 20 tickets or if you have additional questions, you are asked to  contact Travis Pollio at tpollio@redsox.com or 617-226-6790.

Tickets for Pride Night at Fenway Park 

Big gay bar crawl is Saturday April 27

Later this weekend is Boston Pride will host the “Big Gay Bar Crawl”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the program, it is fairly straight forward.

Step 1: Get your ticket to participate in The Big Gay Bar Crawl (Register Here).
Step 2: On Apr 27 show up at Bell in Hand for registration processing and to receive your Bar Crawl Cup. Creative attire encouraged.
Step 3: Enjoy the pub crawl through Faneuil Hall. You will be provided with a designated route with access to five bars, free food and exclusive drink specials will be offered.

Boston Pride’s Big Gay Bar Crawl
Saturday, April 27 from 1 PM – 8PM

For more information visit Boston Pride’s website.