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Making friends: Boston’s LGBTQ social groups

With the influx  of so many new residents at the start of each academic year, I like to update and share this post each September. If you are new to the area or looking to meet more people outside of a bar setting the groups listed below might be a good first step.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses.  Auditions are later this week!

Boston Gay Men’s Books Club is monthly book club on MeetUp featuring literature by and about gay men. This month’s book is Insignificant Others by Stephen McCauley. They will meet on Monday, September 19 at 7PM at Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street in Back Bay.

Dignity Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their allies. All are invited for liturgy and social every Sunday at 5:00 PM, St. Stephen’s at 419 Shawmut Avenue, Boston.

Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the LGBT community for more than 40 years; the Fenway and AAC are always looking for volunteers.

Gay Beer Club is a Boston based organization that produces events and gatherings for members of the gay community.

Gay For Good mobilizes the LGBT community to interact with the greater community by volunteering their time with different monthly activities.

Gay Men 50+ Club is for gay men and their male friends who wish to meet monthly for brunch and enjoy good conversation.

Gays for Patsy is a country western dancing club that holds events each month. Beginners are encouraged to join.

Hispanic / Black Gay Coalition HBGC is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community.

History Project is a volunteer-driven organization established in 1980 that focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community to make it accessible to future generations.

Jamaica Plain and Roslindale Men’s Group is a social group for gay men living in, near and around JP & Rozzie that organize dinners and events regularly.

Keshet Boston is a grassroots organization working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life, offering community events for LGBT Jews in Greater Boston.

Men of Melanin Magic is a social group in the Boston metropolitan area for those who identify as queer men of color.

New England Gay Men Camping is a social outdoor group for gay men who meet and plan local camping trips. Their next outing is later this week in Hingham at Wompatuck State Park.

Opus Affair is probably best known for their monthly cocktail party hosted at local restaurants  to raise money for local arts organizations. Next cocktail party is Tuesday, September 19th at Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar in downtown.

OUTbreath offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community.

Queer Boston Board Gamers is a friendly LGBTQ meet up group that connects every other Thursday (mostly in Cambridge) to play board games.

The Welcoming Committee is a young, social group who organize activities to broadening the spectrum of gay life here in Boston and beyond.

Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring LGBT boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water.

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay organizations in the area.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.

Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams

gay boston, gay sports leagueEvery September at the start of each academic year, tens of thousands of people move to Boston for the first time.  Whether you are new to Boston or just looking for an excuse to be more active and make friends, joining one of the many LGBT sports teams and clubs can help you do both.

Most of these groups are very social in nature. There is a  wide range of sports / clubs from darts to rowing to kickball to bowling to water polo and more so peruse the list – there is something for everyone. Some of these groups are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out and best of luck to you.  If you are new to Boston, let me be among the first to welcome you.

America’s Finest Kickball League

Beantown Bowling League

Beantown Softball League

Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League

Boston Flag Football

Boston Gay Basketball League

Boston Gay Rowers

Boston Pride Hockey

Boston Strikers Soccer

Boston Ironsides Rugby

Boston Wet Sox (Water Polo)

Cambridge Boston Volleyball Association

Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club

Gay Dodgeball League

GURL – Gay Urban Running League

Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)

Monday Night Bowling League

OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club

QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub

Stonewall Sports – Billiards 

Tennis 4 All

Varsity Gay League: Kickball

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.

Tonight: Free fireworks over Boston Harbor

Photo Source: bostonharbornow.org

The city of Boston would like to celebrate the end of summer with a harbor fireworks show by Boston Harbor Now; suggested public viewing locations include the Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Piers Park in East Boston and Fan Pier in the Seaport.

This is the fifth year fireworks over Boston Harbor will take place this evening at sunset. For more details visit 5th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Boston Harbor Fireworks.

Allston Christmas (a.k.a. move in day in Boston)

September 1Within the next 24-48 hours not a single Uhaul van or truck will be available in metro Boston as the city braces for an event locals refer to as “Allston Christmas”.

Because most city apartment leases start September 1st, the streets become chalk full of double-parked cars, vans and trucks starting August 31st as tenants start the arduous task of moving from one apartment to the next. The result of having literally tens of thousands of people all moving on the same day is that the city sidewalks become littered with unwanted items. This ‘littering’ of every piece of furniture and furnishing imaginable is what is referred to as an Allston Christmas. Although this city-wide move impacts  nearly all of Boston’s neighbohoods, nowhere is the experience more intense than Allston, although many neighborhoods will likely experience their own form of an Allston Xmas.

In case you think I’m making this up, Urban Dictionary added this term in 2008 here and one only needs to type in the phrase in Google and select images to see what the streets of Boston will look like starting August 31st.

UMass looks to radically redevelop Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester

All the gay boys who have moved out to Dorchester near Columbia Point will be happy to learn that earlier this week the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said they intend to develop the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site into a mixed use “an oceanfront Boston neighborhood,” and is soliciting developers on how best to conceptualize that vision.

Can you say “cha-ching” to all those guys who have already moved out to this part of Dorchester? Although nothing has happened yet, this is by far the best news this neighborhood has had in a long time (far better for property value than being turned into a sporting venue like Kraft had floated previously).

Interested developers have been given until early October to submit proposals so stay tuned as there is likely to be a lot more about this in the news later this fall.

Delta adds flights from Boston to Pittsburgh and New Orleans

Sergio and Rob, gay travel, flying, travelEarlier this week Delta Airlines announced two new nonstop routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans.  Flights to Pittsburgh will begin October 1st with two daily round-trip flights. New Orleans service will be seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from February 10 – April 1.

By October, Delta will be offering 103 peak-day departures from Boston (20 more departures from a year ago).  You can read more about Delta’s new routes by visiting yesterday’s story in USA Today, here.

Travel + Leisure magazine readers really like Boston

Real estate BostonTravel + Leisure magazine readers have ranked Boston one of the best cities in America. As part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards, the publication released its list of the top 15 cities in the United States earlier this month. Boston squeaked in at a cool number 14.

Cities were scored for their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value, then given a numerical score based on their ratings.

Thanks T+L readers.