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Pride Flag raised on City Hall Plaza, marking start of Pride Week

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 1, 2012 02:03 PM

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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride Flag flew alongside the American Flag, the POW-MIA Flag, and the Massachusetts State Flag after its annual raising on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Around 200 people gathered on City Hall Plaza on Friday for the raising of the Pride Flag, kicking off Boston’s 42nd annual LGBT Pride celebration.

“It’s particularly appropriate that we gather here today, one day after our hard-fought victory to finally declare DOMA unconstitutional,” said Justin Holmes, director of constituent engagement for Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Holmes, who said he was proud to be part of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, was referring to a landmark ruling Thursday by a federal appeals court in Boston that the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act deprives same-sex couples the rights and privileges given to heterosexual couples.

Holmes presented the volunteer organizers of the Pride celebration with a proclamation from Menino officially declaring June 1 – 10 as Pride Week in Boston. He also presented certificates of recognition for the Pride Parade’s marshals: the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, radio personality “Fast Freddy” Murphy, and the late Brendan Burke.

Boston’s leadership in LGBT acceptance and civil rights were the theme of the day. Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, touted the state transgender rights bill passed last November but noted that the Boston City Council had passed a similar law a decade earlier. But he said the struggle was not over.

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Pride organizers raised the flag on City Hall Plaza.
“We still have a lot of work to do to bring transgender people up to the same places as everybody else,” Scott said.

Anna Dubrowski, co-chair of Interpride2012, said the worldwide Pride movement had begun in Boston with the first conference of the International Association of Pride Organizers 30 years ago and would pay tribute to those beginnings when the conference returns to Boston in October.

Murphy, who currently broadcasts at Mix 104.1 but has worked at a handful of local stations in his 20-year career, said he had long ago made a conscious decision never to pretend not to be a gay man.

“Whether it is the Top of the Hub or the bottom of the barrel, I always present myself as I am,” he said.

Elected officials in attendance included Boston City Councilors Felix G. Arroyo, Frank Baker, John R. Connolly, Robert Consalvo, Salvatore LaMattina, Bill Linehan, Matt O’Malley, Stephen J. Murphy, and Michael P. Ross; State Representative Elizabeth A. Malia; State Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Sal DiDomenico.

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Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, spoke at the flag-raising.

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