Annual GLBT Pride Brunch Saturday, June 12, 9:30-11:15 a.m.


6/8/2010

The Cambridge GLBT Commission and Mayor David P. Maher are hosting the 20th Annual Pride Brunch Saturday, June 12, from 9:30-11:00 a.m., at Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave.

This annual event celebrates the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) community in Cambridge. The brunch is family friendly and all members of the community are welcome to attend and enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and entertainment.

The keynote speaker will be Representative Marty Walz who has been a leading advocate on Beacon Hill in the fight for Anti-Bullying legislation.  Also, Rev. Leslie Sterlings, Chris Mason and Angela McKenzie will be honored for their work and dedication to improving Cambridge and the GLBT community.  Bus rides will be provided to the Boston Pride March which starts at noon in the South End and terminates at Boston City Hall Plaza where there will be a festival with food, entertainment, and information booths.

This year’s theme, “Riots to Rights”, looks to highlight the significant advances the GLBT community has made towards the goal of achieving equality. In 1969, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations occurred after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall demonstrations are frequently cited as the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Cambridge has been a pioneer in many GLBT activities, including milestones such as the first same-sex marriage in the U.S. that took place at Cambridge City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on May 17, 2004.  For more information, see the GLBT Commission Web pages

Cambridge has been on the vanguard of working to ensure equality for its citizens”, said Mayor Maher. “Cambridge was the first city in the Commonwealth to enact a non-discrimination law on the basis of sexual orientation, the first city to have a gay/straight alliance in a public school east of Mississippi and the first city in the nation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  These are firsts that all our citizens should be proud of.”

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