Today, members of Boston’s LGBT community and their allies gathered at Boston City Hall to hoist the Pride Flag, honor our vibrant and diverse community, and mark the official start of Boston Pride Week 2015. Mayor Martin “Marty” J. Walsh was joined by the Pride Parade’s Marshals, Grand Marshals, the Boston Pride Committee, Boston City Council members, the Boston Police Department, various elected officials, and special guests from the Russian feminist band Pussy Riot. From politicians to Pride officials to Stonewall veterans to world-famous protestors, the excitement of the crowd made one thing clear: Boston is Wicked Proud!
Ken Brissette, Boston’s Director of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment, welcomed the crowd at City Hall Plaza.
Mayor Walsh read the official Boston Pride Week proclamation, flanked by LBGT Community Liaison to the Mayor’s Office Jullieanne Doherty and Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. During his speech, the Mayor talked about how proud he was of Massachusetts for its global leadership in the fight for marriage equality, in America and around the world.
The late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a fierce ally of the LGBT community, was named Honorary Marshal, with his daughter Lisa accepting in his name.
Boston Pride Parade Grand Marshal Erica Kay-Webster spoke to the crowd at City Hall about her experiences as a veteran of the Stonewall Riots and a transgender woman.
Parade Grand Marshal and Stonewall veteran David Velasco Bermudez read a letter of support he received from President Barack Obama and talked about being the first Stonewall vet to marry in Massachusetts.
Grand Marshal and activist Samuel Brinton called for the state legislature to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” to protect LGBT youth.
Marshal Woody Glenn, co-founder of the Bisexual Resource Center, greeted the crowd and announced the 30th Anniversary of the Center.
Marshal Ellyn Ruthstrom, former President and current Treasurer of the Bisexual Resource Center, spoke about the importance of bisexual visibility both outside and within the LGBT community.
At the end of the ceremony, the LGBT Pride Flag was raised high above Boston City Hall for all to see.
Happy Pride to all! And don’t forget – Fenway Health will be marching in the Pride Parade on June 13! Won’t you join us?
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