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This year’s Boston Pride festivities harken back to the roots of the modern LGBTQ movement


With a theme of Rainbow Resistance, this year’s Boston Pride festivities harken back to the roots of the modern LGBTQ movement—the Stonewall riots in 1969—as a catalyst for political and social change.

Revelry will be put on hold at the start of the June 9 parade for the Transgender Remembrance section memorializing those lost to transphobic violence in 2018—11 reported killings nationwide as of late May. “This theme is a call for every segment of our community to unite in the resistance against the oppression and backward policies of the current administration in Washington, D.C., the systemic threats to communities of color and trans people in our country and the potential repeal of trans equality legislation in Massachusetts,” says Boston Pride president Sylvain Bruni. To shine a light on the rainbow of celebrations, we dove into the numbers behind nearly half a century of festival.



Groups participating in the parade, from marching bands to community organizations such as Irish Pride and Boston Taiwanese for Equality, both making their first appearances


Events taking place throughout the week, from block parties to political forums and concerts


LGBTQ people and allies who attend Boston Pride festivities each year


Approximate volunteers involved in this year’s celebrations


Percent of corporate sponsorship money reserved for the 2019 Community Fund, which supports social change by aiding local grass-roots organizations


The year of the first official gay pride fest in Boston, which began as a political rally on the Common

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