The rainbow flag has officially risen at Boston’s City Hall marking the start of Boston Pride’s 47th annual Pride Week, which runs through June 11. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together,” with a focus on the “current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people.” Events are running all week, from a tour of hidden LGBT-themed art at the MFA to Pride Night at Fenway Park and, of course, Saturday’s Pride Parade. We rounded up some of the week’s top events to help you celebrate.
Political Forum: What does it mean to be “Stronger Together” in the Trump era? The Boston Pride Political Forum will focus on advocacy and activism within the LGBTQ community as it relates to this year’s festival theme and discuss ways move the community forward. The event panelists will include:
- Kevin J. Dumas – Mayor (R-Attleboro)
- Arline Isaacson – President, Isaacson Political Consultants and co-chair of Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
- Carl Sciortino – Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee and former State representative (D-Medford)
- Rep. Michael E. Capuano – Representative (D-MA 7th District)
NECN and NBC Boston’s political reporter, Alison King, will moderate the event. Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston.
Pride Lights @ the BCA: Catch performances curated by the Theater Offensive before taking in the lighting of the evergreen tree at the corner of Clarendon and Tremont Streets—a 30-year tradition. Stick around after the big countdown for more performances curated by the BCA. Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St., Boston.
- Oscar Wilde Tour of LGBTQ-themed art at the MFA: The Museum of Fine Arts hosts art historian Dr. Andrew Lear for a two-hour museum tour that’ll uncover the secret obsession of painter John Singer Sargent, the intersex figure on a famous impressionist canvas and other surprises. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.
- Bears Bare It All: This burlesque show will showcase “hot hairy men” with special performances by Kamden T. Rage and Sham Payne. The cost is $10 and all funds will go to Mass Trans Political Coalition and Boston Pride’s Community Fund. Paradise Cambridge, 180 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.
Pride Night @ Fenway Park: Watch the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers and celebrate with a special pregame Pride Party before watching the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus sing the national anthem. If that’s not enough, Boston Pride, Victory Programs and the Red Sox are offering a chance to throw out the first pitch before the game. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.
Boston Pride Parade: This flagship event starts in Copley Square and weaves through the South End on its way toward City Hall Plaza. If you can’t make it to the parade, be sure to follow #wickedproud or #StrongerTogether to keep up with the latest. Copley Square to City Hall Plaza, Boston.
JP Block Party: This divas, dogs and drag show event in the heart of Jamaica Plain includes food, drinks and a 21+ bar. Be sure to catch emcee Sapphira Cristal and headlining local DJ, Leah V. Perkins Street at Center Street, Boston.
For the full events calendar, visit http://www.bostonpride.org.