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Watch Boston Pride Virtual Flag Raising

By Charlotte Robinson, June 06, 2020
This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Boston Pride Flag Raising Ceremony went virtual hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh & the City of Boston. Mayor Walsh stated, “As we confront a global pandemic & the painful reality of racial injustice, we need to support one another & work together to create the change we want to see. I’m proud to stand firm with Boston’s Black & Brown LGBTQ+ community, celebrating the entire LGBTQ+ community’s incredible legacy & recommit ourselves to racial justice & progress during this crucial moment in our city’s history.” The virtual Pride Flag raising also featured remarks from Governor Charlie Baker, Representative Elizabeth Malia, Boston Pride board member Malcolm Carey & transgender activist Athena Vaughn with the National Anthem performed by Davron Monroe. In a recorded address Governor Charlie Baker praised the now 50-year-old Pride tradition stating, “This community has been so successful in making their concern & their fight, everybody’s concern & everybody’s fight.” State Representative Elizabeth Malia concluded, “We were the source of the first equal marriage legislation in the country. Have a good Pride, stay healthy & we’ll see you in 2021, in healthier times.” The first Pride event in Boston was held in 1970 one year after the New York City Stonewall Riots which erupted in June 1969 in response to persistent harassment & violence perpetrated by members of the police. Now fifty years later we must continue to fight for social justice & equal rights for our LGBTQ community & especially our Black & Brown trans community. Boston Pride’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020 & 2021 with the Parade & Festival moved to June 12th 2021.
For More Info: bostonpride.org
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