Boston: History Made As LGBT Groups Allowed In St. Patricks Day Parade

In a historic first,  LGBT organizations were allowed to march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston.

After years of boycotting the parade over lack of inclusiveness, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined those celebrating in the parade. Also attending were Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

OUTVETS, which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans, was invited to be a part of the festivities.

Progress, folks, progress!


Sam Adams Beer cancels participation in St. Patrick’s Day parade for exclusion of LGBT

Statement from the Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams Beer:

“We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast year after year. We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country.

“We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible. We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade.

“We will continue to support Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. We wish her all the best in her historic stewardship of this tradition.”

(via MassEquality)

Santa Speedo Run Boston 2013

On Saturday hundreds of men and women braved crazy cold conditions in Boston to run in the 14th Annual Santa Speedo Run which raises money for The Play Ball! Foundation.

The mission of the Play Ball! Foundation is to create and expand team sports opportunities for middle school age urban youth who are at a pivotal time of physical and emotional development.

(via BosGuy)

Boston: Two patients thought “cured” of HIV sees the virus return

In a disappointing turn for HIV research, two men who were thought to have possibly been cured of HIV after bone marrow transplants have seen the virus return:

The patients, both of whom had been living with HIV for years, had each received bone marrow transplants several years ago to treat the blood cancer lymphoma. The treatment appeared to have made HIV retreat to undetectable levels in their blood.

At the time of the announcement in July, one man had been off anti-retroviral drugs for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks.

But the virus returned in one patient in August and the other patient in November, said Dr. Timothy Heinrich, infectious diseases associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Boston Globe first reported. Both have since resumed taking HIV medication.

Timothy Ray Brown, known as “the Berlin patient,” received a bone marrow transplant along with chemo and radiation back in 2007, is still considered to be “cured.” But his transplant came from a donor who had a rare genetic mutation known as CCR5-delta32. The two Boston patient’s donor did not have this mutation.

(source)

NBA’s Jason Collins marches in Boston Pride Parade

Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins marched in Boston’s pride parade yesterday.

From Sports Illustrated:

Delivering on a promise he made in an essay for Sports Illustrated in which he revealed that he was gay, Wizards free-agent center Jason Collins marched in Boston’s annual pride parade on Saturday.

Wearing a black Nike shirt with rainbow lettering that read “#BETRUE”, Collins joined his former college roommate and current Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy at the event, which drew thousands of attendees and is in its 43rd year.

WCBV.com reported that Boston’s parade drew 230 groups this year, making it the second-largest such event, trailing only New York City.

(via JMG)

Three more suspects in custody regarding Boston bombings

JoeMyGod points out this developing story that 3 more suspects have been taken into custody regarding the Boston bombings.

From Boston.com:

Three college students have been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a Boston police source said this morning. The Boston police official Twitter account said that three additional “suspects” had been taken into custody. The source said the three had been arrested by federal authorities.

London Marathon: The better part of humanity on display

At the London Marathon today, participants observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston marathon, and wore black ribbons in their honor.

CBS News:

Moments before the majority of runners set off on the grinding course, announcer Geoff Wightman used the loudspeakers to ask for silence. He described marathon running as a global sport that unites runners and supporters in every continent in a spirit of friendship.

“This week the world marathon family was shocked and saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon,” he said as he asked the people gathered to “remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness.”

As those gathered responded to his call, the only noise that could be heard was the buzz of helicopters and the beeping of a truck.

The silence as the camera pans back and you see the stillness and respect held for their injured and fallen brothers and sisters is very moving.

This is human. This is humanity.

Big Papi speech for Boston: “This is our f**king city – stay strong”

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz got the Federal Communications Commission’s seal of approval after he dropped an F-bomb in a pre-game speech that was broadcast on live television. Ortiz’s R-rated remarks were delivered on the field at Fenway Park before the first Red Sox home game since Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

(FCC chairman Julius Genachowski immediately gave the network a pass on the language violation.  See below.)

On top of the Ortiz speech, Neil Diamond flew himself to Boston this morning and offered to perform the Fenway Park standard Sweet Caroline in person.

Boston, you’re great.  Always have been, always will be.

(via JMG)