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May 31, 2013

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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins (top left) attended the kickoff for Boston Pride Week with the raising of the Rainbow Flag on Boston City Hall Plaza. Sheriff Tompkins was joined by (from left to right, clockwise) Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan, Michael Ross, and Felix Arroyo; U.S. Representative Ed Markey, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Boston City Councilors Sal LaMattina, Mark Ciommo, John Connolly, and Rob Consalvo.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins visited Boston City Hall to participate in the official start of Boston Pride Week, symbolized by the raising of the Rainbow Flag during the ceremony held on City Hall Plaza.

Joining activists from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community; representatives from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s office; members of the Boston City Council and the Massachusetts State House of Representatives and Senate; and other elected officials, Sheriff Tompkins helped to usher in the week that showcases and celebrates the pride of the Boston LGBT community.

According to the organization’s mission statement, “Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.”

“Boston Pride creates change and progress in society by embracing our community’s diverse history, culture, and identities, promoting community engagement and inclusivity, and striving for visibility and respect in unity.”

This year’s theme for the Boston Pride celebrations is, “Moving Forward...Proud, Strong, United” and it “represents the hardships that the LGBT community has persevered through and the drive to move forward together.”

Following the kickoff for Boston Pride Week, which runs from May 31st to June 9th, events will also include: Pride Day At Faneuil Hall, the Royal Pageant, the Boston Pride Parade, the Boston Pride Festival, the Boston Pride Youth Dance, the Boston Pride Block Party: JP Edition, the Boston Pride Block Party: Back Bay Edition, a panel discussion on “LGBTs in Sports” and the first ever Pride Night at Fenway Park.

For more information about Boston Pride Week and all of its related events, visit Boston Pride’s web site at:


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