It’s Boston Pride Month! Each year, the city takes a moment to celebrate its LGBT community with a series of events, culminating in a parade and party. Here at Freepoint Hotel, we’re celebrating Boston Pride with our Glisten Pride Package! Anyone in town in June should consider this special offer, as 10 percent of the room rate will be donated to a wonderful organization, GLSEN, on your behalf. GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) is the leading education organization creating safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ youth. And as a bonus, guests will receive a complimentary welcome drink of the specialty In-Rainbow cocktail upon arrival!  To book your stay with us for Pride Month, click here.

Sticking to its strong roots in the national Pride Movement, Boston Pride continues to advocate for change and progress throughout the city. The 2017 theme is “Stronger Together,” inviting the entire community to come together and be united for the LGBTQ community. You can join the 2017 Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10, beginning at Copley Square and ending at City Hall. And while Boston continues to look forward, it’s helpful sometimes to look at how we got here.

200 years after spearheading the fight for independence, Boston was again at the center of a revolution in the 1970s, this time for gay rights. New York and San Francisco might have landed in the headlines in the early days of the gay rights movement nearly 50 years ago, but behind the scenes, Boston was pivotal in establishing legislation with a dedicated body of local citizens ready to take up the cause. As this Boston Globe article details, gay men and women in Boston were instrumental in fueling the movement.

The Gay Community Newspaper, started by MIT graduate David Peterson to chronicle gay issues across the country, was published in Boston by The Bromfield Street Education Foundation from 1973 to 1992, and had an international readership and alumni occupying leadership roles throughout the US.

Boston was also able to get a strong-hold in local government thanks to Elaine Noble, the first openly gay state representative in the United States, and other local politicians willing to argue against laws deemed discriminatory to the LGBQT community.

GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, was formed in Boston by John Ward in 1978, and was revolutionary in mounting legislation that led to the historic same-sex marriage act in 2004. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which was passed in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, deemed it unconstitutional to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry, making Massachusetts the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. Thanks to the foundations laid in Boston over the previous four decades, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the favor of the LGBQT community in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, which required all states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.