Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gay Celebrities & Politicians March

As promised openly gay NBA center Jason Collins marched in our Boston LGBT Pride Parade Saturday with Congressman Joe Kennedy & Barney Frank. Collins wore a T-shirt that read #BeTrue joining thousands of marchers in the parade & hundreds of thousands of spectators who turned out for the 43rd celebration of Boston Pride. Kennedy’s wife Lauren Anne Birchfield also marched. When Collins came out he stated, “I realized I needed to go public when Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I want to do the right thing not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance understanding. I want to take a stand say, “me, too.” Well we were proud to have him march with us. This was a very political parade with U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seeking Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacated senatorial seat marched accompanied by Senator Elizabeth Warren. The parade's grand marshal Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who’s stepping down this year, did not march because he is recovering from surgery but he came out of the city-owned house to greet Collins, Kennedy & other marchers as they passed by. Every candidate running for Menino’s seat as mayor of Boston also marched. We had a blast & then joined the festivities at City Hall Plaza. Sunday we’re headed to the Block Parties. The Lesbian JP Block Party is Sunday June 9th & runs Noon to 7P on Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain. It’s a $10 Donation which a portion of the proceeds benefits Boston Pride. The Back Bay Pride Block Party happens from Noon to 8P on St. James Ave in Boston. Just follow the loud boom boom….:) Happy Pride Boston!!
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