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The 49th Annual Boston Pride month kicks off this week and Boston has a number of events lined up! This year’s theme is“Looking Back, Loving Forward” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations in 1969 by the LGBTQ community against police forces at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York. This event is seen as a pivotal turning point for the LGBTQ community. This year’s main event, as always, is the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th starting at Copley Square and finishing at the Boston City Hall Plaza. To celebrate the 49th Annual Boston Pride month, here’s a list of 10 things to do throughout this month!
Pride Comedy Night – Guy Branum at Laugh Boston
Wednesday, June 5th
Guy Branum is an American comedian who is best known for his role as head writer and sketch performer in shows such as X-Play and G4. He is currently the host of the podcast Pop Rocket and TruTV’s Talk Show the Game Show. Laugh Boston is Boston’s premiere stand-up comedy club located on Summer Street, Boston.
Location: 425 Summer St, Boston
Author Talk Featuring Russ Lopez – Author of Hub of the Gay Universe
Thursday, June 6th
Boston based writer, Russ Lopez, will be discussing his recently published book, Hub of the Gay Universe, at the Commonwealth Salon. This book is a LGBTQ history book which begins with the coming of European colonists to Massachusetts in 1620 and ends with the victory for transgender rights in 2018.
Location: Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston
Assembly Row Pride Silent Disco!
Friday, June 7
The first ever Assembly Row Pride Silent Disco is an outdoor dance party where 3 of Boston’s Free Radio DJs will be playing music from 3 different genres: Top 40, 90’s Throwbacks, and Pride Classics. You will be able to switch between these 3 genres as much as you’d like through different channels. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards RESPOND, Inc, New England’s first domestic violence protection agency.
Location: Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville
Boston Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8th
With over 55,000 marchers and 750,000 spectators, the 49th annual Boston Pride Parade will begin at Copley Square and finish at the Boston City Hall Plaza. To get to the Pride Parade, it’s strongly recommended (by Boston Pride) to arrive by the T through the Green Line, getting off at Copley Station, due to the possible traffic and the large number of people present in the city.
Boston Pride Concert
Saturday, June 8th
This year’s Boston Pride Concert will be featuring three artists: American Idol contestant Todrick Hall, Queens native Robin S, and International House Aritst Beth Sacks will be headlining the concert. This concert will also be featuring a female queer band The Spots, indie pop quartet All Eyes On Me, Rhythmic pop entertainer Taija New, popsinger Kat Kennedy, Female MC First Lady Sarita, the all-male dance crew Qwam, Jacques Cabaret Show Girls and Gauntlet Show Girls will also be providing entertainment for this year’s concert.
Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston
Charlie Gibson’s Boston
Sunday, June 9th
The Gibson House Museum will be hosting a specialty house tour, in partnership with Boston Pride, where visitors get to explore the Gibson House and learn about the gay subculture of the early 20th century through Charlie Gibson’s eyes.
Location: The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., Boston
Panel Discussion on In Search of Stonewall
Monday, June 10th
The panel will feature LGBTQ intellectuals such as writers Amy Hoffman and Russ Lopez and historian Martha Stone. These intellectuals will be analyzing and discussing the significance of the Stonewall from his or her perspective.
Location: Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston
Pride Night @ Fenway Park
Tuesday, June 11th
The 7th edition of the Boston Pride Night will be hosted by Boston Pride and the Boston Red Sox, where the Red Sox will be battling against the Texas Rangers.
Location: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston
Intergenerational Dialogue About Stonewall Among LGBTQ Youth and Elders
Saturday, June 15th
The Boston Stonewall 50 subcommittee Pride Committee are in collaboration with the Teen Central at the BPL and the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth, where older LGBTQ activists converse with community leaders about the meaning and significance behind Stonewall for our time. Elder activists will be talking about their experiences as youth and the changes that have witnessed throughout their life. The younger participants will then ask questions to start discussions.
Location: Teen Centra, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., Boston
New England Revolution Pride Night Match
Saturday, June 29th
The New England Revolution will be hosting their annual Pride Night during Pride Month. This Pride Night is also in partnership with Major League Soccer’s Soccer for All Month. Soccer for All signifies that everyone is welcomed to the MLS regardless of gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Location: 1 Patriot Pl., Foxborough