Sunday, June 13, 2010

Boston's 40th Gay Pride "RIOTS to RIGHTS"

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Keri Aulita, Deputy Director of the Boston Pride Committee, about this year’s events. Boston’s Pride celebration starts June 4th and runs through Sunday June 13th. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Boston Pride this year’s theme is "Riots to Rights – Celebrating 40 Years of Progress", honoring the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion that commenced the modern Gay Rights movement and commemorates the progress our community has made since those early days of the battle for equal rights. One of this year's highlights is a "Riots to Rights" rally on June 10th at 6 pm at the Stuart Street Playhouse, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA., that features guest speakers Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and pioneer gay activist Cleve Jones of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. This will be followed by a free screening of the must-see documentary “Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride” which opened the Boston LGBT Film Fest last month. Director Bob Christie’s moving documentary is about Gay Pride marches and festivals happening all over the world, sometimes under heavy opposition and violence.

Of course there will be the parade on Saturday June 12th and over 40 events and parties happening all week long. When asked about this year’s theme Aulita stated, “The theme this year "Riots to Rights - Celebrating 40 Years of Progress" as the tagline, really speaks to what’s been going on in Boston in the past 40 years since the first pride gathering on the Boston Common in 1970. The Boston Pride Committee is asking people to look at where we’ve been, where we are and where we still need to go. Obviously rights aren’t full and equal yet but we’re hoping to get there and we’re asking people to think about what causes ‘the riot in you’ as we celebrate.”
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