• Evan Gilbert (CAS’22)

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There are 3 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!

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