BCAE Hosts 3rd Annual Community Celebration & Preview Party of LGBTQ Art Exhibition

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bcae_smBOSTON, Mass.—Throughout May and June 2014 the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) will host a series of special programs commemorating 10 years of same sex marriage in Massachusetts.

The special exhibit will kick off on the eve of the anniversary of the first gay marriages in Massachusetts on Friday, May 16th, 2014 with “Sip the Rainbow.” The cocktail reception will mark the opening of the BCAE’s new photo exhibitions, The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages by Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds and Marriage Equality/10th Anniversary Portraits by photographer Joel Benjamin, which will be on display throughout the months of May and June 2014. In 2003-04, photographers Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds documented the dramatic fight for marriage equality as it played out from the ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the Goodridge case to the iconic first weddings. The powerful portraits will be exhibited alongside Joel Benjamin’s recent portraits of some of the pioneering gay and lesbian couples who married in 2004. [pullquote]The cocktail reception will mark the opening of the BCAE’s new photo exhibitions, The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages by Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds and Marriage Equality/10th Anniversary Portraits by photographer Joel Benjamin, which will be on display throughout the months of May and June 2014. [/pullquote]

Entry into the Sip the Rainbow reception, held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., is a $15 donation in advance/$20 at the door which includes 3 unique cocktails created by local mixologists from Ki Bar Event+Cocktail Design INC, using the colors of the Gay Pride Flag as their inspiration. The exhibition and event are made possible by generous contributions from GLAD, Northern Trust, Hunt’s Photo & Video, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Deep Eddy Vodka, the Ki Bar, Polar Beverages, and Eastern Bank. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the BCAE’s website here. The exhibition is free and open to the public during the BCAE’s normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on select weekends.

The series will continue on May 20th, 2014 when the BCAE offers a rare and personal opportunity to hear the stories from those involved in the fight for marriage equality at “A Public Conversation: 10 Years of Gay Marriage.” This special program takes a look back at the dramatic victory in the fight for marriage equality as it played out from the extraordinary ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the Goodridge case to the day of the first weddings on May 17, 2004. Attendees will hear personal accounts from some of the major players, including plaintiffs Rob Compton, David Wilson, Hillary Goodridge, and Julie Goodridge; and former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney. The evening will be moderated by Jared Bowen, Executive Editor and Host of the WGBH’s weekly television series, “Open Studio.” The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is $10, $8 for members. Registration can be completed by visiting the BCAE’s website. [pullquote]This special program takes a look back at the dramatic victory in the fight for marriage equality as it played out from the extraordinary ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the Goodridge case to the day of the first weddings on May 17, 2004.[/pullquote]

Other programs in the series include community-targeted classes offered at the BCAE throughout May and June including: How to Throw a Gay Wedding with Joe Rogers of Contagious Events (Wednesday, June 11th, 2014); Whether to Wed: A Legal & Tax Guide For Gay and Lesbian Couples with author Scott E. Squillace, Esq. (Wednesday, June 4th, 2014); Books You Should Know: LGBT Classics with novelist Cathy Jacobwitz (Tuesdays from May 6th to June 24th, 2014); and Out Loud: Reading Gay Plays with playwright/director Joe Antoun (Mondays June 2nd to June 23rd, 2014).

The Boston Center for Adult Education is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116. Registration to all events is required and can be done by visiting www.bcae.org. Please visit www.bcae.org or call the Boston Center for Adult Education at 617-267-4430 for more information.

About the Boston Center for Adult Education:
Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is the first, nonprofit adult education center in New England. The Boston Center for Adult Education serves as a meeting place for the Boston community to gather, learn, discuss and create. The BCAE offers educational classes taught by well-qualified leaders, staff, and volunteers who share the mission of enhancing our community. Today the BCAE teaches classes in Boston for almost every interest. Students can experience everything from yoga, photography, belly dancing, and stand-up comedy, to scotch tasting, cooking, achieving financial freedom, ESL classes and much more. At their recently renovated headquarters on Arlington Street (Boston, MA) you’ll find professional grade kitchens, top-notch technology, and versatile classroom space with free Wi-Fi. The BCAE offers a variety of personal and corporate membership levels with benefits including discounted tuition costs and discounts on local retailers. Browse classes, become a member, or support the BCAE online at bcae.org. The BCAE is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116. The BCAE administrative offices are open Monday- Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Student Services office is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The BCAE is open on weekends during class times only.

[From a News Release]

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