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To kick off the month, the City will be lighting up Boston City Hall in rainbow colors which will remain lit for the majority of the month of June. There will be a brief speaking program which includes remarks from the Mayor and LGBTQ+ community members about the commitment to equity and equality in Boston for all LGBTQ+ communities. Following the remarks, there will be live performances from local LGBTQ+ artists offering a safe space on City Hall property where everyone has an opportunity to come together in an uplifting and welcoming environment.
The Boston Dyke March believes in anti-capitalist, intersectional gender liberation and welcomes all who feel the same. The March is a grassroots Pride event that is ASL interpreted, wheelchair, stroller, and scooter accessible. An accessibility vehicle is available for those who need a ride for some or all of the March.
The Road of Rainbows will take place on Saturday, June 11th at the historic Boston Commons. It will mark the 2nd annual running of Boston Theater Company's LGBTQ+ Road of Rainbows. The 1st of its kind in Massachusetts where gender has no bounds. You be YOU and run for YOU, with love, support, and a team cheering you on! The Road of Rainbows is an inclusive 5K that is as much about running as it is about showing off inner unicorns! ALL genders are welcome! For all LGBTQ+ folks and supporters!
Day full of fun Community Vibes! Sunday June 12, 2022. Perkins St JP (Between Center St & S. Huntington) All Ages event 21+ to drink. Live Performances by Ray Liriano Experience, The Lisa Bello Band, Drag Show, local Venders, Sam Adams brewery and more...
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community. This list represents events hosted by the City of Boston as well as events hosted by Boston LGBTQ+ groups
THE RAINBOW FLAG
The original Rainbow Flag (top image) was designed by Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man, and a drag queen. He was urged by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US, to create a symbol of pride for the gay community. The flag debuted at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.
Originally eight stripes, the current version of the flag (bottom image) is six stripes.
Thad Morgan, "How Did the Rainbow Flag Become an LGBT Symbol?," History, June 2, 2017.
Agender is defined as not having a gender, or "lack of gender."
The flag was designed by Salem X in 2014. There are seven horizontal stripes in the flag:
Black and white: an absence of gender.
Green: non-binary gender.
Sian Ferguson, "What Does It Mean to Be Agender?," Healthline, January 20, 2021.
Genderqueer is gender identity that is built around the term "queer."
To be queer is to exist in a way that may not align with heterosexual or homosexual norms. Although it’s typically used to describe a person’s sexual orientation, it can also be used to express nonbinary gender identity.
The flag has three horizontal stripes:
Lavender: mix of blue and pink, colors associated with men and women, and represent androgyny as well as queer identities.
White: agender or gender-neutral identities.
Chartreuse: inverse of lavender and represents third gender identities and identities outside the gender binary.
KC Clements, "What Does It Mean to Identify as Genderqueer?," Healthline, September 18. 2018.
Intersex people are those who do not exhibit all the biological characteristics of male or female, or exhibit a combination of characteristics, at birth.
The flag was created by Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia in 2013.
It is a yellow flag with a purple open circle - “The circle is unbroken and un-ornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities,” the group states of the flag design.
Designed by Sean Campbell in 1999, this design draws on Greek mythology. In ancient Greece, the Amazons were a tribe of warrior women who wielded the double-headed labrys axe. The black triangle refers to the symbol used to identify lesbians to in Nazi concentration camps.
The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho
Lipstick lesbian pride flag - top right
Created in 2010, this design has 6 stripes in shades of pink and red, a white bar in the center, and a lipstick kiss symbol in the top left corner. It's said to represent femmes, or lesbians with a more feminine expression of their gender. It has been criticized for excluding butch women.
2018 version - bottom left
Designed by tumblr user sadlesbeandisaster, this version has seven stripes.
Dark orange representing 'gender non-conformity',
Orange for 'independence',
Light orange for 'community',
White for 'unique relationships to womanhood',
Pink for 'serenity and peace',
Dusty pink for 'love and sex',
Dark rose for 'femininity'.
There is a 5 stripe version (bottom right) that was created for easier replication.
Sarah Prager, "Four Flowering Plants That Have Been Decidedly Queered," JStor, January 29, 2020.
Claire Gillespie, "22 Different Pride Flags and What They Represent in the LGBTQ+ Community," Health, June 18, 2020.
"Lesbian flag: The history, origins, meaning and symbolism," Cosmopolitan, March 18, 2021.
Nonbinary means any gender identity that is not strictly male or female all the time. There are many different identities within this category including androgyny, genderqueerness, third gender, and transgender.
The flag was created by Kye Rowan in 2014. The design includes four horizontal stripes:
Yellow: people who identify outside of the gender binary.
White: nonbinary people with multiple genders.
Purple: those with a mixture of both male and female genders.
The flag was designed by marketing firm Tierney and was revealed in June 2017.
The black and brown stripes were added to the top of the original pride flag created by Gilbert Baker. "The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community."
Ernest Owens, "Philly’s Pride Flag to Get Two New Stripes: Black and Brown," Philadelphia City Life, June 7, 2017.
The flag was designed by Monica Helms in 1999 and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.
The top and bottom stripes are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys.
The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls.
The center strip is white for people that are nonbinary or feel that they do not have a gender.
Stephanie Fairyington, "The Smithsonian's Queer Collection," Advocate, November 12, 2014
Aaron Sankin, "Transgender Flag Flies In San Francisco’s Castro District After Outrage From Activists," HuffPost, November 20, 2012.