Pride Week 2008

Sustaining community: the fun never stops
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 4, 2008

DECKED OUT: Pride Week is an ideal occasion for queer gear and confetti.

Boston Pride Week 2008 is shaping up to be a joyous smorgasbord of celebrities, literati, dancing, singing, boozing, schmoozing, friends, family, and joyful noises galore. From Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 15, join the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in celebrating its continual visibility and thriving presence in Boston, by participating in a slew of events across the city as part of the 38th anniversary of Boston Pride.

This year, the Boston Pride Committee sought citizen input in choosing the Pride Week theme: "Sustaining Our Community, Conserving Our World."

"It's 'green' leaning, but it's also about preserving and sustaining the world we live in as a [LGBT] community," says Keri Aulita, the vice-president of the Boston Pride Committee's Board of Directors, "We're thinking about how we can be vital and cohesive and relevant. We're doing a lot of things this year to incorporate our theme into the week." In addition to reducing this year's use of paper by moving promotional and registration materials online, event organizers are encouraging attendees to make a conscientious effort to recycle.

There are tons of events at a variety of venues to check out, designed to entertain all ages, cultures, and orientations. Whether you're six or 60 years old, you'll find something that fits your celebration style. We've described some of the highlights below, but for a full schedule of events, check out

Wave the flag
Kick off the festivities at noon on Friday, June 6, rain or shine, for the ceremonial flag-raising at City Hall Plaza, which signifies the official start of Pride Week and introduces revelers to the 2008 marshals. Celebrity Marshal LESLIE JORDAN — an Emmy Award–winning actor and author — joins Grand Marshal TIM MCFEELEY, a lawyer and civil-rights and political activist. The posthumous accolade of Honorary Marshal is this year awarded to CORPORAL CIARA DURKIN, an active member of the Boston LGBT community who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in September 2007.

Cooks' tour
They made history as the first couple ever to compete on Bravo's smash reality series Top Chef, and now chefs JEN BEISTY and ZOI ANTONITSAS will add plenty of high-powered spice to Boston Pride. From noon to 2 pm on Tuesday, June 10, hit up Macy's in Downtown Crossing for an afternoon of stargazing and culinary tidbits while Jen and Zoi whip up a tasty cooking demonstration as part of the second annual "Out in Downtown" event. It's the perfect way to show your pride during the workweek while you're stuck at the office. Pop in during your lunch break for a quick glimpse of Jen and Zoi, and maybe pick up some quick tips for dinner while you're at it.

Proud words
Downtown Crossing is actually seeing a lot of Pride action this year, thanks to the second annual book-signing series at the Borders bookstore (10-24 School Street, Boston, 617.557.7188). Authors SCOTT POMFRET (Since My Last Confession), JOHNNY DIAZ (Boston Boys Club), and RICH MERRITT (Code of Conduct) can't wait to scrawl their John Hancock across your title page.

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