Boston Pride Organization Dissolved Amid Turmoil

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Facing tons of turmoil over the past few months with calls of being “racist” and “trans-exclusionary,” the entire board of directors for Boston Pride has resigned.

Last month, the president of the organization, Linda DeMarco, stepped down. But that, apparently, was not enough.

Longtime Boston-based LGBTQ blogger BosGuy has this:

Activists were not satisfied by that response saying it was too little too late and that the all white Boston Pride board didn’t represent the LGBTQ+ community and needed to resign now. And a boycott Boston Pride event was scheduled on Saturday, June 12th in conjunction with the second annual Trans Resistance March and Vigil. 

In response to the mounting pressure, the Boston Pride Board issued a statement today at 4:30 p.m. that the entire Board would resign and Boston Pride will shutdown.

The sudden dissolution of Boston Pride puts into question if there will be a 50th anniversary Boston Pride celebration later this fall. Earlier this year Boston Pride had indicated in-person celebrations might be scheduled in October.

From the Boston Pride Board of Directors:

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. Therefore, Boston Pride is dissolving. There will be no further events or programming planned, and the board is taking steps to close down the organization.

We know many people care about Pride in Boston, and we encourage them to continue the work. By making the decision to close down, we hope new leaders will emerge from the community to lead the Pride movement in Boston.

This decision was made with a heavy heart, out of love and hope for a better future.

Boston Pride Prez To Resign Amid Turmoil Regarding Lack Of Inclusion

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Boston’s premier gay blog – BosGuy – gives a head’s up that the turmoil among folks at Boston Pride is heating up.

Pride board president Linda DeMarco is reportedly stepping down sooner than expected as activists boycott over the lack of diversity and inclusion in the organization.

From the Boston Globe:

Sue O’Connell, copublisher of Bay Windows and a host at NECN, the official media sponsor of Boston Pride, said the discontent has been years in the making.

“The pandemic and the reckoning of our unjust racial past has just claimed the Pride committee because they were unable to actually do the right thing over many, many years,” she said.

Pride celebrations grew out of the June 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York — a violent resistance to police abuse that was led in part by trans women of color. In its later years, critics say, Boston Pride has forgotten its activist mission and become commercialized by corporate sponsors, many of whom don’t share their other social justice concerns.

The long-simmering conflict boiled over last summer, after protests erupted nationwide over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Pride board rejected a statement drafted by its own communications team and issued a watered-down version without consulting its Black Pride subcommittee members. That was the last straw for many activists who felt Pride’s board was not taking their feedback and was out of touch with their concerns.

The Globe goes on to report that 80% of Pride’s volunteers left the organization in protest over that incident.