By Harmony Taggart,
It’s that time of year again. Get out your rainbow hats, shirts, skirts, dresses, kilts, and pom poms: this week is Boston’s annual pride celebration! For one week of the year, Bostonians switch out of their black, brown, or grey attire and deck out in full prideful color. Here is a (by no means comprehensive) list of some of the events happening in Boston, a great playlist to jam out to while you march, some voices who are spreading the love and truth from the LGBTQIA+ community, and places to get the very best merch while supporting the very best community members.
Craving a playlist exclusively filled with LGBTQIA+ artists? Search no more! CLICK HERE to listen to the VERB PRIDE 2019 playlist and bop all week long.
Top Events of the week:
~Stonewall Uprising Documentary Screening on Wednesday, June 5th from 5:30-9:00 pm at Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library Copley Square
~Pride Comedy Night from 8:00-9:45 pm at Laugh Boston
~Latino Wednesday starting at 10:00pm at 79 Warrenton Street
~Queeraoke from 9:00pm-2:00am at Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain
~Charlie Gibson’s Boston: Specialty Tour Launch and Reception from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, June 6th at Gibson House Museum
~Boston Dyke March starting at 6pm on Friday, June 7th at Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common
~Lesbian Nightlife Events starting Friday, June 7th through Saturday, June 8th
~Official Dyke March After Party from 10:00pm-2:00am on Friday, June 7th at Blend, Dorchester
~Boston Pride Parade starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 8th at Copley Square
~Boston Pride Festival, Bar, and Concert from 11:00am-7:00pm on Saturday, June 8th at City Hall Plaza
~Boston Pride Youth Dance from 7:00-11:00 pm on Saturday, June 8th at City Hall Plaza
~The Donkey Show @ Pride with showings starting at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 8th at Obero, Cambridge
~Jamaica Plain Block Party from 1:00-8:00 pm on Sunday, June 9th at St. James Avenue
~Mass Bears and Cubs Harbor Cruise from 6:00-9:00 pm on Sunday, June 9th at Bay State Cruise
~Wicked Huge Pride Finale starting at 9pm on Sunday, June 9th at 275 Tremont Street
~For a list with even more, CLICK HERE
Need some fresh recommendations for how to put your money where your pride is? The shops listed below are run by and for the LGBTQIA+ community!
~Thais Tattoos: Discounted tattoos for the entire month of June which cover self harm or surgery scars. Priority goes to trans and non binary people of color!
~Tyler Wallach Studio: Pride clothing of all kinds!
~Queer Beans: Hand knitted pride hats
~Gender Gems: Pride Pins, patches, and more!
~Black Queer Magic: Handmade healing crystal and metal stamped pieces with a focus on Black Queer and Trans liberation!
~Changed Me: Pride pins!
~Rainbow Dust Star Store: pins, stickers, patches, and queer cross stitch. 10% of annual proceeds queer nonprofits and other progressive organizations!
So come out, and go out with a bang this pride season! We’re lucky to have had members our community like Marsha P. Johnson and others who fought for our freedom to love freely. This pride week, let's celebrate her and everyone else who makes it possible for us to wave our flags high, dance our hearts out, wear our identities with pride, and support all of the community. And, as always, if you don’t hold an identity within the LGBTQIA+ community, love us and respect us as we desire. Happy 2019 pride!
Author Bio: Harmony is a self identified “straight up gay lady” who goes to school in the Boston area. Harmony recognizes her privilege as a cisgendered white person who is able to safely navigate many spaces others aren’t able to. She has put effort into making sure that this article is indicative of more than just her experience in the LGBTQIA+ community. However, if any event, artist, speaker, or business she lists below isn’t inclusive to every individual, or has harmed the community in the past, please reach out and we will add a note in the article.
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