Saturday, May 19, 2012

Massachusetts Gay Youth Pride Festival

Massachusetts Youth Pride is a day long festival being held Saturday, May 19th, from 11A to 4P at the Boston Common. The festival celebrates the year round commitment of diversity of youth within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They’re expecting more than 5,000 LGBT youth, adult allies & supporters. It all starts at 9:30A at Boston Common Gazebo across from 170 Tremont St. Then gather & mingle at 10A before the rally starts at 11A. The parade kicks off at noon & the festival runs from 1-4P. Then BAGLY (The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth) hosts the annual LGBTQ Youth Prom at Boston City Hall from 7-11P following Massachusetts Youth Pride. First held in 1981, the BAGLY Prom is the nation’s oldest annual LGBTQ youth prom & it remains the largest. Since the late 1990’s, it has attracted over 1,000 youth annually. The admission for the BAGLY Prom is $20. Continuing the festivities on Sunday May 20th Boston GLASS, a program hosted by JRI, entitled “Bridging the Divide between LGBTQ youth & LGBTQ youth of color” will take place. This will be a forum with a panel of diverse youth community members & two youth moderators. The panel will address a number of issues with in the LGBTQ youth community such as “clicks,” homophobia within the gay community, transphobia, race, social status, white privilege, male privilege, programming for youth services & the stigma of HIV/AIDS. There will be allotted 30-45 minutes at the end of the panel to go over action items for the things discussed. A brunch featuring pancakes, bacon (turkey/pork), eggs, French toast, home fries & fruit will also be served. It will be great home cooked food, so come ready to eat & discuss the future of LGBTQ youth on Sunday at 12:30P at 25 West Street, Boston, MA.
Happy Massachusetts Youth LGBTQ Pride!!
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