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Boston Pride and Pride in general across the United States was born out of political and anti-discrimination movements, most notably the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The transgender women of color leading the riots essentially helped to launch the gay rights movement by demanding access to public spaces and the basic right to live and thrive without discrimination. As time has passed, it seems that many major Pride coordinators and their collaborators have forgotten the political organizing roots of LGBQ/T Pride celebrations, and instead have transformed Pride into a huge party with corporate funding from companies that have historically neglected, misrepresented, and blatantly disregarded specific communities under the LGBQ/T umbrella. This year, The Network/La Red (TNLR) seeks to highlight our history and the struggles many within our communities still face by using Boston’s theme “Solidarity Through Pride.” We want to expand the larger conversations around LGBQ/T rights, honor the roots of this movement, and shift the conversation to focus on what it really means to be in solidarity through pride. Many of our communities still face dis-proportionally high rates of homelessness, unemployment, and murder. Let us remember that the fight for basic needs and human rights has not ended, and also includes LGBQ/T rights.
Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in holding folks accountable by using the hashtag #SolidarityThroughPride and telling us what that means for you and for your communities. Please see the image below for some examples.