Virtual Pride Lights
Pride Lights, Boston Pride’s annual remembrance of those lost to AIDS, returns to Blackstone Park for a second year, expanding to neighboring Franklin Square Park as well. Pride Lights commemorates the departed by illuminating the night in pink, representing the color of the triangles that marked gay people during the Holocaust.
This event, born out of mourning for those lost in a pandemic that was, and remains, deeply personal to our community, is particularly poignant as we deal with the current pandemic. As with our other events, Pride Lights will be occurring virtually and will be livestreamed on the Boston Pride website. Verna Turbulence will be emceeing the event, at which Mayor Walsh, Marty Martinez, Boston’s chief of health and human services, and Carl Scorinto of AIDS Action Committee will be amongst those to speak about the devastating impact AIDS has had on the queer community. Nicole Talbot, a transgender activist poised to enter Boston Conservatory at Berklee this fall, will perform, as will the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. The evening will conclude with the illumination of the fountains in each park.
Pride Lights will stream live at 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. For more information, visit bostonpride.org/pridelights. •
Following a pre-recorded ceremony, Blackstone and Franklin Square Parks will be lit up in pink to commemorate those lost to AIDS. Credit: Ally Schmaling.
QWAM (Queens with a Mission) performed at the 2019 Pride Lights. They will be representing Boston in this year’s Global Pride event. Credit: Ally Schmaling.