BU Pride Month 2024

Stay tuned for 2024 events!

Check out past events and ongoing initiatives below.

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Pride Month 2023 was a collaboration of the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff  Community Network, the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff, and the Queer Activist Collective.  Queer joy is at the center of BU Pride. This June, we aimed to create spaces to celebrate the diverse range of identities within our BU LGBTQIA+ community through virtual and in-person events. Our events were mostly catered towards (but not exclusively limited to) those who identify somewhere within the LGBTQIA+ community. We hoped to focus on amplifying the voices and experiences of QTBIPOC and other groups that had historically been left out of Pride celebrations in favor of cis white folks. We are family who uplift one another!

We have also amplified events and projects on this page hosted elsewhere on campus and in the Boston community in celebration of Pride.

BU Pride Events

 
Stay tuned for 2024 events!

 

Past Events Around Boston

Check out even more Boston-area Pride events here!

Trans Resistance 2023 March & Festival
Saturday, June 3rd
March begins 11:30am from Stonybrook Station
Festival 12:00 – 5:00pm at Franklin Park Playstead
Trans Resistance was formed in June 2020 as a response to Boston Pride’s failures to represent the Trans, Queer, and BIPOC people of Boston. Regularly partnering with community organizations to further support these communities, Trans Resistance is entering its fourth year of uplifting TQBIPOC Bostonians. We are proud to support Trans Resistance in its efforts to give a voice to people often left by the wayside of queer activism. Find out more information about the march here.

Boston Dyke March
Friday, June 9th, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Boston Common Bandstand
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.
Find more information here

Boston Pride for the People Parade & Festival
Saturday, June 10th
Parade begins 11:00am in Copley Square
Festival 12:00 – 6:00pm in Boston Common and City Hall Plaza
Boston Pride For The People is excited to announce the return of a Pride Month celebration in Boston on June 10th, 2023. The celebration will include a parade, a festival, and more as this new organization creates a unified city Pride celebration. Boston Pride For The People is a volunteer-led organization that plans activities and events that celebrate the rich diversity, culture, and intersectionality of the LGBTQ+ community.
Find more information here.

 

Ongoing BU Initiatives

Self-Guided D&I Learning Toolkit on Gender & Sexuality
Understand Gender and Sexuality topics and learn how to advance conversations around gender equity and how to support the LGBTQIA+ community. This toolkit was curated in partnership with BU Diversity & Inclusion and the BU LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty and Staff. In response to recent anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation and rhetoric, the toolkit has also been updated to include resources curated by BU Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) and LGBTQIA+ students, including the Queer Activist Collective. Learn at your own pace by exploring readings, videos, podcasts, poems and more!
Discover the toolkit here

Gender-Affirming Product Program
This program, developed by the Queer Activist Collective, provides direct gender-affirming support to TGNCI/non-cis BU students by providing them with a free gender-affirming product of their choice. This program has been created & led entirely by TGNCI/non-cis BU students.
Learn more about the program
here.

 

Past BU Pride Events

Pride Festival
Thursday, June 1st, 3:00 – 6:00pm
BU Beach, 267-290 Bay State Rd
Kick off Pride month with a festival! Join us on the BU Beach on June 1st for free food and drinks. We’ll have lawn games, good music, and free t-shirts for the first 300 people to arrive! Hosted by the Dean of Students and co-sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff.

Pride Month Soirée for Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, June 6th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Dahod Family Alumni Center at the Castle, 225 Bay State Rd
Continue celebrating Pride Month with the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff and LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network. We will have hors d’oeuvres, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as music and a prideful ambiance to celebrate the month in style.

The State of Anti-Trans Legislation
Monday, June 12th, 12:00 – 1:30pm
In the first 5 months of 2023, there has been a deluge of about 500 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills introduced across 46 states. Much of the proposed legislation targets trans and nonbinary people, from overt discrimination to narrowing how sex and gender is defined and expressed. The legislation targets gender affirming health care, K-12 and higher education, student athletics, public libraries, bathroom access, drag performance, and many other LGBTQIA+ rights. Join the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff in learning about the current state of anti-trans legislation with National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) Olivia Hunt (she/her), Director of Policy, and Kris Tassone (they/them), Policy Counsel. They will discuss the onslaught of anti-trans legislation, what is happening locally and nationally in response, and ways to address the realities of anti-trans sentiments and movements that are happening across the United States. This will be an informative, important, and timely program that is not to be missed. Allies are encouraged to attend.

CAS LGBTQIA+ Pride Luncheon
Tuesday, June 13th, 12:00 – 1:30pm
CAS Dean’s Residence, 25 Lennox St
Arts & Sciences Dean Stan Sclaroff welcomes the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate Pride Month during a luncheon at the CAS Dean’s Residence on Tuesday, June 13. This event is hosted by CAS Dean Sclaroff and co-sponsored by the Associate Dean of D&l, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, and the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff.

Pride Night at Fenway
Tuesday, June 13th, pre-game social begins 5:40pm, game begins 7:10 pm
Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St
Come celebrate pride with BU with the Red Sox! The Wheelock College of Education and the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff have purchased a block of tickets for Pride Night at Fenway available on a first-come first-serve basis for BU employees. You may sign up to bring one guest. Before the game, pick up a free Red Sox pride jersey and attend the pregame social on the Sam Deck. Gates open at 5:40 pm until approximately 6:40 pm. Find more information on Pride Night on the MLB website.

Pride Tie-Dye at BMC
Thursday, June 15th, 12:30 – 2:30pm
BU Medical School Green, 72 E Concord St
Come join us on the BU Medical School green to tie dye a BU Pride 2023 T-shirt! Shirts, supplies, and snacks will be provided. No need to RSVP, just drop by to make a shirt, have a snack, and say hello!

Alumni Event: Celebrate Pride Month with Boston University
Thursday, June 15th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Boston and other locations
Celebrate Pride Month with Boston University across the country! Join LGBTQIA+ alumni, allies, and friends in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles* for a local Pride Meet-Up. Appetizers and swag will be provided, and cash bar is available. All are welcome – we hope to see you there! For specific details of each event, please click on the city listed on the website above. If you are not located in one of these cities and are interesting in planning your own event, please contact Tracy Tow at Tracyric@bu.edu. We would love to send you some BU Swag for your celebration.
Sponsored by the BU Alumni Association – LGBTQIA+ Affinity Network.

Beyond Small Talk: Pride Social 2023
Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St
Want to connect with LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, or students at BU in a low-pressure social environment that skips “how’s the weather” in favor of deeper connection? Join us for this year’s third annual Pride Month social! Spend some time getting to know your fellow BU community members and celebrating your shared identities and diverse experiences under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. We’ll have everything from goofy icebreakers to questions that will really get you thinking. One drink ticket per attendee and a variety of appetizers will be provided.

Drag Bingo with Jazmine Skies and Misster
Monday, June 26th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
CFA Student Lounge, 855 Commonwealth Ave, 1st Floor, Rm. 102
On Monday, June 26th, Jazmine Skies and Misster will kick off at 5:30pm to host a Pride-themed Drag Bingo Night for the BU community! The night will begin with drag performances by both incredible performers, which will lead into an evening of Bingo. Expect some fabulous prizes, snacks, and beverages for a fun night. Tickets are free, and all are welcome – bring your friends, yourself, and your allies!  Some more information about the drag queens:

  • Jazmine Skies is the oldest of 3 from San German, Puerto Rico. She started her transition at the age of 15. At that time it wasn’t as acceptable as it is today. Running away from home was the only way out of a situation where she wasn’t allowed to be who she really was, a beautiful latina woman. She was homeless for 2 years, sleeping in parks and various train stations. Within that time she made friends with a bevy of trans women that introduced her to the beautiful world of drag, as well as a group of people that she’ll forever be grateful for. Performing in clubs while she was underage was what saved her life, and now, almost 23 years later, she’s still friends with those amazing individuals. You can now catch Jazmine throughout the New England club scenes, bars, as well as private shows!
  • Misster Straight from Charlotte, Misster has been a pop culture junkie and a bearded comic con diva for years, with their creative gender bent twist to the art form. They bring a refreshing take to both cosplay and drag. Creator of Creepshow Saturdays, a monthly event in Charlotte highlighting alternative drag artists in the southeast!

 

 Please contact the the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff at lgbtqia@bu.edu or the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network at LGBTQIA-FSN-BOARD@bu.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding BU Pride 2023 programming.

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