Jul 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Boston Pride shutting down amid criticism over lack of inclusion

Picture of the Pride flag

Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Boston Pride announced it will be shutting down after 50 years amid calls for change from members of the LGBTQ community who accused it of excluding people of color and transgender people.

Why it matters: It now is unclear who will organize the Boston Pride Parade, which was rescheduled from June to October this year due to the pandemic.

  • The advocacy group MassEquality told AP that while the dissolution is a loss for the LGBTQ community, they expect that a new organization will take over to organize the parade.

What they're saying: "It is clear to us that our community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride. We have heard the concerns of the QTBIPOC community and others. We care too much to stand in the way," the organization said in a statement.

Worth noting: The group's executive director announced her resignation in June as criticism over the lack of inclusion increased, AP reports.

  • Nearly 1,000 people gathered in June for the second annual March and Vigil for Black Trans Lives, organized by the organization Trans Resistance. Attendees said at the time they did not feel supported by Boston Pride, calling them "trans-exclusionary," per a local NBC affiliate.
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