Pride Month occurs every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. These protests were a major turning point for the gay rights movement, and today, what was originally a single commemorative day has morphed into a month-long celebration. Here's a list of events, non-profits, and Boston hot spots to show your pride and be an ally.
Virtual Pride Events in Boston
Due to the pandemic, in-person Pride events have been postponed until the fall. However, the LGBTQIA+ community is still finding ways to celebrate virtually. Many events are still in the works, but virtual events are steadily being rolled out, including the Pride flag raising at City Hall Plaza on June 4 at noon. The Pride Lights Festival will take place June 8 at 6 p.m. and will honor those lost or affected by HIV and AIDS. The Boston Pride Illumination Event will take place the entire month of June. Grab fully vaccinated friends and wander the city to find all of the buildings lit up in rainbow colors. Catch a game and celebrate at Pride Night at Fenway Park on June 10 (Sox vs. Astros). Those that registered for the 2020 or 2021 Pride Parade can defer their registration until in-person events are officially announced.
Boston Non-Profits and Ways to Support
Trans ID Project
The Trans ID Project is an incredible organization that provides free resources to trans people that need help legally changing their name and gender on federal or state documents. It also offers legal help to those who are incarcerated, facing housing insecurity, or at risk because their gender identity has been disclosed to other parties. An extension of GLAD, the Trans ID Project is one of the best resources for the LGBTQIA+ community in New England. Since 1978, GLAD has helped communities embrace their LGBTQIA+ neighbors.
The Boston Alliance for LGBTQ Youth (Bagly) is a youth-led organization committed to social justice and creating programs and policies that benefit LGBTQIA+ youth. For the past 30 years, Bagly has hosted monthly and annual programming and events where LGBTQIA+ young people can build community in a safe space. The Clinic at Bagly is an integral health resource that provides STI testing, referrals, and healthcare navigation like assistance signing up for MassHealth enrollment, ADAP, and food stamps. It also provides four mental and behavioral health treatments free for LGBTQIA+ youth under 25, and there's no need for proof of insurance.
Supporting LGBTQIA+ Arts and Culture
The Theatre Offensive
The Theatre Offensive presents art by, for, and about LGBTQIA+ people of color. The liberating artistic presentations celebrate community, culture and take down oppression. It values outness, experimentation, shared power, and youth organization. Several programs are currently running, including the True Colors OUT Theatre, which uses an out-of-school theatre approach to help activate LGBTQIA+ and ally youth leaders. Queer (Re)Public brings emergent themes in the QTPOC community to the public stage. Workshops, residency programs, and commissioned art from LGBTQIA+ artists are just part of this moving program.
Queer Soup Theatre
If you're looking for new work, Queer Soup Theatre is constantly collaborating with local artists to produce new things that incite conversation and bridge societal boundaries. It frequently works with LBGTQIA+ youth organizations and donates part of every show's proceeds to a local non-profit. For more than ten years, the theatre has been performing throughout New England with a variety of highly entertaining and thought-provoking projects. One such project is The Pineapple Project which is intended for kids ages three to eight and their caregivers or educators. The project celebrates the gender creative identities in all of us; an inclusive message to be sending to youngsters.
Boston LGBTQIA+ Nightlife
If you're looking for a great bar with an outdoor patio and free parking out back, look no further than Cathedral Station. The menu is loaded with classic bar food staples like wings, nachos, burgers, and gooey mozzarella sticks—cheers to a post-pandemic summer with a Ketel One basil gimlet or a Tullamore DEW mule. The seasonal white sangria with pinot grigio, raspberry vodka, peach and pear nectar, and citrus soda is another refreshing way to raise a glass. Like any sports bar worth its salt, there is, of course, plenty of beers on tap or by the bottle. Brunch service is available on weekends.