BOSTON—Boston Pride will kick off Pride week with the annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. Sponsored by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Pride Flag Raising at City Hall is the first official event of Pride Week, June 2 – 11. Boston Pride is celebrating its 47 years of advocacy for the LGBTQ community with the theme, “Stronger Together.”
The Pride Flag Raising Ceremony will also honor the legacy of the late Gilbert Baker who designed the first rainbow flag in 1978 which became a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement. Baker recently passed away in March 2017 and the flag to be raised on City Hall Plaza is a design of one of his original rainbow flags with 8 colors that symbolized the LGBTQ rights movement: hot pink (sex), red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), turquoise (art), indigo (harmony), violet (spirit).
In addition, one of Baker’s original flag designs will be displayed in the Pride Parade on June 10 as a testament to his grassroots advocacy on behalf of all LGBTQ people. The Pride Flag Raising will also recognize this year’s Grand Marshal Kristen Porter and Honorary Marshals, the late Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray.
WHO: Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Boston City Councilors
Boston Pride Members
WHEN: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
For more information visit www.bostonpride.org.
Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections. Boston Pride Week 2017 will be held June 2–11.
[From a News Release]