• Evan Gilbert (CAS’22)

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There are 7 comments on POV: Why I’m Boycotting Boston Pride

  1. Evan, thank you for your thoughtful article. I’m also boycotting Boston Pride, and will be marching with Trans Resistance as I did last year.

    My first Boston Pride was in 1985, at a time when the event itself more closely mirrored our community. I’ve watched Pride change over the decades, and have complicated feelings about the rise of “rainbow capitalism.” I do appreciate seeing that the LGBTQIA+ community is no longer so stigmatized that companies would actively distance themselves from us. We have come a long way since 1985 in obtaining legal rights, which is an important part of our movement. But I agree that Boston Pride is not (currently) an organization which is able to meet the needs of our community.

    Boston Pride’s May 2020 decision to not support BLM was emblematic of a long term problem. I hope that moment in time can also be a turning point for our community towards building what we need, with or without Boston Pride. Change takes time, and I’m in it for the long haul.

  2. Thanks for writing this Evan. It’s important that folks at BU are aware of both the complications of attending Boston Pride march and the opportunity to support Trans Resistance. I will be at the Trans Resistance rally tomorrow myself.

  3. Ev – thank you so much for sharing this moving & important piece. I completely agree that Pride — & mainstream LGBTQ spaces as a whole — MUST be intersectional & inclusive. I read that the board’s President recently announced her resignation, which is an important first step to bringing change & taking accountability. I look forward to more change to come & to the March & Vigil happening today. Thanks for all your work on this!

  4. Please explain if QTBIPOC means (Queer OR Trans) AND (Black OR Indigenous OR People of Color) or if it means (Queer OR Trans OR Black OR Indigenous OR People of Color)

  5. To the posters above and those that support the attacks on Boston Pride – Thanks for ruining Pride in Boston. The Boston Pride Organization, not surprisingly, has had enough of your foolish demands and has disbanded. Your claims about what happened before you walked this earth are not proven, and either way, it doesn’t change things. Accounts of who stood up first during Stonewall differ. Stonewall was an uprising that all took part in. The point of Pride is the WHOLE COMMUNITY coming together to celebrate. The point of Pride is not to make claims of who has suffered the most, and it is not a BLM event. As a supporter of Black Lives Matter I don’t expect BLM to have events related to gay black lives. Pride was a unifying event FOR ALL OF US, and I have plenty of friends from all races that lived here and never experienced all your claims of racism from the Boston Pride organization. We all used to come together and enjoy Pride, but all you people want is separate recognition. Be who you are, be proud, and join the rest of us in celebrating all of us. If you want to have your own special parade then so be it, but don’t attack those that want to have everyone come together under one roof for a big celebration. Your demands have ruined pride. Now the entire community will be punished.

  6. As a person who isn’t too familiar with Boston Pride I though this opinion piece did a wonderful job in highlighting ways Pride doesn’t include everyone. I assumed as Boston Pride being an event focused on the rights of lgbtq+ that the voices of different races would be heard but the author’s words show otherwise. I appreciated the way this article highlights the ways some people feel left out during Pride events. I hope that future Pride events can focus on being more inclusive from now on.

  7. The biological gender identity at birth cannot be changed because one wants to be a male or female. Homosexuality is one thing and generally accepted in society but gender assignment after birth is another.

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