The Rainbow Times wins the 2011 Boston Pride Guide bid

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February 3, 2011
By: Gricel Martínez Ocasio*/TRT Publisher
By now, many of you already know that The Rainbow Times (TRT, New England’s Freshest LGBT Newspaper) is Boston Pride’s Official Pride Guide designer and producer. We cannot tell you how excited we are to collaborate with Boston Pride to create the 2011 Guide and to do so grandly. We thank the Boston Pride Board, Deputy Director, and Committee for having trusted us this first year with their Guide, their reputation and their product. To you I say, “We will make you proud, we will prevail and we will keep our promises.” These principles, I strongly believe, are the reasons why we are bestowed such an important privilege this year. This bid is a historical event for The Rainbow Times and we want to ensure that we continue to work in good faith, with our team’s professionalism on our sleeves, just as we have all along since 2006.

As I think about Boston Pride and its Guide, I also think about the other equally important Guides that we have produced throughout the years: the Noho Pride Guide and the Connecticut Pride Guide. We have always been proud to be the official designers of these Guides as well and we thank them for their trust in us too. Congratulations to Noho Pride and Connecticut Pride as they both prepare to celebrate their 30th Anniversaries. All of these Pride organizations deserve our gratitude and support for helping to make LGBT lives visible and celebrated in New England and throughout the country. For more information about advertising in the Guides, please contact TRT directly at To volunteer, donate or sponsor these organizations, please visit their respective websites:, and

As I always emphasize, we would not be here without you, our readers, advertisers, allies and supporters. We could not do it without the dedication, respect and commitment that our team shows us each and every day either. Nicole and I cannot ever thank you enough, but we certainly mean it from the depth of our hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Gricel Martínez Ocasio

*Gricel Martínez Ocasio is the co-founder, co-owner and Publisher of The Rainbow Times. She is a graduate of Marylhurst University, and Temple University. She has been in the journalism and publishing field for almost 20 years. You can reach her at: