2020 was supposed to be the year that Boston Pride celebrated its 50th anniversary, before COVID-19 came along. The official semi-centennial parade is now scheduled for 2021, but that doesn’t mean the city is forgoing celebrating this June.
On Friday, Bay Windows co-publisher and overall media maven Sue O’Connell joined Boston Public Radio to talk about what Boston Pride is organizing for Pride Month.
O'Connell said buildings throughout the city will continue their tradition of lighting up in rainbows colors, “as happens every year.” There will also be a virtual flag raising ceremony at noon on June 5, as city officials raise the rainbow flag over City Hall.
And that’s just one of many virtual events taking place this year, with all the information available on Boston Pride's website. “There’s a book reading, there’s Pride lights, there’s ‘queerantine queeraoke.'”
“I’m not really sure how that’s going to work,” she joked.
O’Connell will also be playing a role in the events, moderating a virtual discussion with LGBTQ veterans reflecting on their experiences in the military.
She ended the conversation by commending the “big effort on behalf of the Pride organizers to make sure that, in this time of isolation … we stay accessible and bring Pride events. Because it’s a big deal, and we want to stay connected."