By: Nicole Lashomb*/ TRT Editor-in-Chief—
Like many other organizations, The Rainbow Times is gearing up for Pride. One of New England’s largest Pride events just took place—Northampton (NoHo) Pride, which officially kicked off Pride Season in New England. Our photo coverage of NoHo Pride, which is something we’ve been covering since 2007, can be found on page 7 of this issue (with a link that will take you to photos and the story), which didn’t make it into our print isssue, unfortunately.
A comprehensive story from TRT’s Assistant Editor, Lauren Walleser, shows how committed we are to covering Pride. Such a story is being revised to include RI PrideFest and other details that are now available from the Pride organizations.
Besides coverage, this year we are a proud media partner of North Shore Pride and Worcester Pride. In the spirit of Pride, you will see us present at most of these celebrations, the next one being Boston Pride, which celebrates its 45th Anniversary (#wickedproud). [pullquote] Coming to you in June, this piece is made with recyclable paper and bio-degradable ink. We are also committed to protect the environment. We are proud to do it![/pullquote]
In the spirit of Pride, TRT’s has produced two special pieces this Season. The New England Pride Pocket-Size Map was out by April 30th and has already saturated western Mass. It showcases most of the Pride Parade routes and information in the region. If you have a smart phone, you can scan the QR Codes in it to get more information directly from the various Pride websites. The New England Pride Map can also be found in the center pages of this issue. It will be distributed at all Pride events from June-September, 2015. Make sure to take the centerfold with you and stay on top of these celebrations!
In addition, look out for the completely redesigned New England Pride Guide, versatile enough to fit into your pocket too. Coming to you in June, this piece is made with recyclable paper and bio-degradable ink. We are also committed to protect the environment. We are proud to do it! This Mini Magazine will have more in-depth information about the Pride Events throughout New England and will also be distributed from June-September at all Pride events and will be inserted into TRT’s June issue too.
Happy Pride everyone and let’s celebrate safely, but remembering that our struggles are not over. Marriage equality is not the end of it, but the beginning. Let’s show that at Pride too. I know we, at TRT, will.
*Nicole Lashomb holds an MBA from Marylhurst University & a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam. E-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.