In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride that takes place June 6th thru June 15th. This is the 44th celebration of Boston Pride and this year’s theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World”. The theme encourages our LGBT community to embrace what makes each individual unique and to use those qualities to change the world for the better. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has been selected as a Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pride Parade this year and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were also named as Grand Marshal. John Mitzel was named as Honorary Marshal. Boston Pride kicks off on June 6th with the annual Flag Raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza. Highlighting the week will be Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, Pride Queeraoke, Pride Night at Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Parade and the Boston Pride Festival with Mary Lambert performing and more. There will also be dance parties including the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party and the JP Block Party. We talked to Sylvain about all the fabulous events happening during Boston Pride and his spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Bruni stated, “My commitment to LGBT civil rights is being involved and taking part in various activities that are done. I really think that it’s upon everyone of us to actually contribute to the community and do whatever we can and to move the community forward and to bring the services, the awareness, the talent, the skills, the competences that we have to make the overall environment better for everyone. Specifically here in terms of civil rights in the work we do with Boston Pride, we think it is very important that we continue to raise awareness about what’s happening outside of the Boston area and beyond the United States around the world. We have for a couple of years held some human rights panels during Pride Week and think it’s an essential component of programming that we offer because a lot of folks here in the community are not necessarily aware that granted there are lots of improvements that need to occur in Boston, in Massachusetts and in the United States, there is also really a lot of work that is needed outside of the country. It is important for people to know about this and participate if they can. So we’re really delighted to offer this kind of programming because for everyone of us at Boston Pride we resonate personally as a commitment to LGBT human rights around the world.”
Sylvain Bruni originally from France was appointed President of the Board of Directors of Boston Pride in January 2014. Sylvain has been involved with Boston Pride since Pride 2004. Bruni was also the co-chair of the 2012 World Conference of InterPride (the International Association of Pride Organizers), held in Boston in October 2012. He is currently the Co-chair of InterPride’s communications committee. Boston Pride is still looking for volunteers to help with this year's Pride Week activities. Volunteers are needed on June 14th for the Pride Parade and Festival, and on June 15th for the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain Block Parties.
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