June 5-16, 2020 50th Celebration Will Be Held in 2021. Statement Below
A message from Boston Pride Board of Directors
The impact of COVID-19 continues to affect our lives in unprecedented ways. As a result of these challenging and uncertain times, and in consideration of the health and safety of the community, Boston Pride has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Boston Pride Parade and Festival, and to postpone the celebration of Boston Pride’s 50th Anniversary to June 2021. After a process of ongoing and supportive consultation with the City of Boston and the office of Mayor Walsh, it has become clear that this decision is necessary to protect the well-being of our community and the public at large. Since we cannot predict when large scale gatherings will no longer pose a health threat, identifying an alternative summer or fall date was not feasible. We understand at a deep level how disappointing this announcement may be, and we share the pain and sadness that comes with this development.
As the impact of COVID-19 takes shape, the primary commitment of Boston Pride is to facilitate connection, compassion, and wellness throughout the LGBTQ community and beyond. Boston Pride’s immediate focus has been on sharing COVID-19 resources for LGBTQ people in the community, and constructing more ways to support one another. We know that the effects of this pandemic – social isolation, the abrupt halt of many social services and resources, loss of jobs, etc – can be especially challenging to vulnerable LGBTQ populations, especially the elderly, the young, those who experience multiple forms of oppression, and those who have high risk health factors. Boston Pride will continue to do its part in identifying and facilitating access to resources and support.
Taking care of one another has always been a core value of LGBTQ community. We are grateful for the work the LGBTQ community is already doing to provide resources and connection. On an individual level, we encourage everyone to reach out to members of our community who may be vulnerable or in need of support. There is no stronger connection that one built from kindness and compassion.
Even though we won’t be able to be out in the streets together this June, Pride exists in all of us. Boston Pride is still as committed as ever to live our mission – to honor and celebrate our social, legal and political successes while we continue to work for social justice and human rights. The Boston Pride Board, staff, and hundreds of volunteers who comprise Pride Committees will work remotely, developing creative ways to keep us connected. We intend to celebrate our 50th anniversary throughout all of 2020 and into 2021, so we will find innovative solutions to bring our people together to commemorate our rich history and community. For now, keep an eye out for digital programming to excite and enrich the lives of Boston’s LGBTQ population.
In this time of social distancing, our community needs to come together now more than ever. We invite you to join our Boston Pride community online. Together we will come through this with a greater sense of connection, care, compassion, and resilience. #WickedProud.
Boston Pride Board of Directors
It's Boston Pride's 50th Anniversary! Boston Pride creates change and progress in society by embracing our community’s diverse history, culture, and identities, promoting community engagement and inclusivity, and striving for visibility and respect in unity.