by Steve Majors                                                                         

LGBT Family Pride Celebrations Planned for Boston, DC and Minnesota

Washington, DC - Family Equality Council, the nation organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and representing the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents raising two million children in the U.S., today released details of “Family Pride” celebrations scheduled across the country throughout June.

“Pride celebrations are increasingly attracting LGBT families,” said Family Equality Council Director of Programming Brent Wright.  “As a result we have planned special family programming for parents and children in several cities including Boston, Washington D.C. and the Twin Cities.”

"Pride can be a wonderful chance to create a new family tradition" said Wright, and he offered the some tips to make Pride a family friendly event. 

Volunteer. Take pride by giving back. Go with your kids to help out the local sage chapter, or donate supplies to a shelter that works with LGBT youth.
  • Talk to your kids: Teach your kids what pride means and why is it celebrated. Talk about LGBT history and about the discrimination the LGBT community faced through the years. Teach them the importance of freedom to all, and the freedom to marry who you love regardless of their sexual orientation.
  • Call your local Pride organizer and find out about family friendly activities for PRIDE month.
  • Go with friends, family or other parents with kids. Make the event your own! Combine it with a cookout or picnic and make your own family Pride tradition.
  • Show your pride. Don't just be an observer, encourage the kids to dress up and or decorate their wagons with rainbow colors,  showing their PRIDE.
  • Make connections! Use the occasion to introduce your kids to other gay families who are part of our community. Visit gay seniors who enjoy seeing the new generation.
  • Share your stories. Help your kids take photos, create a scrapbook. These items will become will be useful next year when your kids interact with their friends, camp mates and classmates and show them why it matters.
  • Volunteer. Take pride by giving back to LGBT organizations such as your local sage chapter, or a LGBT youth shelter
BOSTON
Boston Pride Festival :  June 9, 12 noon – 6 pm • Family booth for parents and kids.
Pride Family Dance:  June 9, 5:15pm-8pm • Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln St, Newton, MA • Fun for the whole family.
North Shore Pride:  June 30, Salem, MA. Non-denominational prayer service, parade, festival, and after party.

WASHINGTON, DC
DC Pride Parade: June 9,   4:30 pm • Come view the parade and cheer on the marchers.
DC Pride Fesitval June 10, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm • Pennsylvania Ave and 7th St, NW

MIDWEST
Gay Pride: Sharing Our Families’ Stories:  June 16,  10:00 am – 12 noon  • Hennepin County Central Library, Doty Room, 300 Nicollett Mall, Minneapolis, and via livestream at www.rainbowrumpus.org. Music, books, storytelling, celebration of LGBT-headed families.
Pride Picnic: June 17, 11am-2pm • East Picnic Pavilions, Como Park, St. Paul, MN.
Pride Festival: June 23, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and June 24, 12 noon- 6:00 pm Minneapolis, MN • Visit the family information booth and march with us in the Pride Parade.

 


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