Cambridge Pride Event June 11
Cambridge Pride Event: Celebrating Cambridge’s GLBT Community
Saturday, June 11, 9:30-11 a.m., Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.
Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor and the Cambridge GLBT Commission
The City of Cambridge Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Commission proudly announces the recipient of the First Annual Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award, for the year 2011: The Late Rev. Peter John Gomes (May 22, 1942 – February 28, 2011). This award is bestowed upon Rev. Gomes for his outstanding history of service to the GLBT Community. It will be presented at the annual Cambridge Pride Celebration, on the morning of the Boston Pride Parade. The public is invited to this event.
Peter Gomes was an African American out gay man who occupied several very visible positions simultaneously at Harvard University and advocated from his pulpit as well as other places for the civil rights of all. He was well recognized in many circles as an important figure in the struggles that African Americans and GLBT people endure as well as many other issues. As a member of the clergy and an advocate for gay people and same-sex marriage he was a good counter-arguer to those in the Clergy who claim that same-sex marriage and being gay are wrong and immoral.
This award was established by the Cambridge City Council to honor the work of Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), an African American Civil Rights activist who became an advocate for gay and lesbian causes in the times when doing so was very unpopular.
For more information, contact the Mayor's Office, 617-349-4321.
About the GLBT Commission
The City of Cambridge GLBT Commission advocates for a culture of respect and monitors progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission is committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. They hold monthly meetings, which are open to the public. Please visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/glbt for more information.