Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Massachusetts

A rainbow flag — the symbol of LGBTQ pride and diversity — flies over Boston City Hall in June as Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.

The flag raising ceremony officially kicked off Boston Pride Week, which runs from June 2–11.

Learn about Pride Month events from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and the state’s efforts to support the LGBTQ community through the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth.

LGBTQ Pride Month Events in Massachusetts

Cities and towns hold LGBTQ Pride events year round, and there are a sampling of celebrations set for Pride Month in June.

  • Boston Pride — This year’s Boston Pride theme is “Stronger Together,â€� with more than 40 events at locations across Boston. Highlights include the Boston Pride Parade, Pride Concert, and block parties in Back Bay and Jamaica Plain. For more information, check out the calendar of events.
  • North Shore Pride — Salem hosts the North Shore Pride parade and festival on June 24, which includes food and local vendors.

Find an event to show your pride, and browse MOTT’s LGBTQ Massachusetts page to plan the perfect Pride Month trip to the Bay State.

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has worked since 1992 to support the health, safety, and well-being of young LGBTQ residents. The Commission aims to help LGBTQ youth thrive in their schools and communities, focusing on ending violence, harassment, and discrimination, as well as on reducing suicide rates and other social, economic, and health inequalities.

Each year, the Commission issues policy and program recommendations to state officials and agencies that provide services to LGBTQ youth. The Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Policy Recommendations offer suggestions for state agencies, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

In partnership with ESE, the Commission offers training and assistance to school districts through the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students. It also coordinates a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Student Leadership Council to help students develop leadership skills, make connections with their peers, and improve school environments. The Commission also offers a list of resources for LGBTQ youth, policy makers, and teachers.

Take part in a parade or festival in June to celebrate Pride Month and show your support for LGBTQ residents of Massachusetts.

Know of any other Pride events in Massachusetts this June? Let us know by tweeting @MassGov or @MassLGBTQyouth or commenting below.

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