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LGBTQ Boston

As the capital city of the first state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage, Boston stands proud, accessible and welcoming.

 

The city boasts one of the largest LGBT populations on the East Coast with neighborhoods such as the South End and Jamaica Plain offering a good variety of neighborhood pubs, dance bars and inviting lounges drawing a mixed gay/straight crowd. The city also touts a number of mainstream clubs that host weekly or monthly gay nights. In recent years one would be hard pressed not to find a rainbow flag proudly hanging from homes and business in just about any neighborhood in the city.

Boston hosts notable annual events and festivals such as Boston Pride Week every June celebrated across the city and the yearly LGBT Film Festival, a must see and be seen event held in late March/early April.

LGBT Events

Protect Trans Dreams: A Portrait Project

Protect Trans Dreams: A Portrait Project, features a series of large-scale acrylic portraits by artist Noah Grigni (they/them).These portraits, displayed alongside Grigni's original watercolor illustrations from the children's book It Feels Good To Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn,...

dbar After Dark

The draw of dbar doesn't end at dinner. When the lights go down, the evening has just begun... Once the plates are cleared, the lights are dimmed, and the music goes up a few octaves, dbar After Dark is officially underway. Our gastropub turned nightclub is a party every night of...

Alexa…Kick Off Pride! A Variety Show

Kick off Pride month with Boston comedian Alexa Albanese and some of Boston’s favorite LGBTQIA+ performers! Don’t miss a night filled with stand-up, original music, and even a live dating game.

BOSTON PRIDE KICK-OFF

To kick off the month, the City will be lighting up Boston City Hall in rainbow colors which will remain lit for the majority of the month of June. There will be a brief speaking program which includes remarks from the Mayor and LGBTQ+ community members about the commitment to...

PRIDE BEER GARDEN TAKEOVER

Join us for our Annual Pride Beer Garden Takeover! Celebrating the release of Love Conquers Ale, we're bringing out Queens with a Mission for a special performance, raffling of tickets to Fenway's Pride Night, and pouring the newest iteration of Love Conquers Ales. A portion of...

Pride Market by BWM x Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift Brewing and Boston Women’s Market are proud to announce we are partnering for our first ever PRIDE Market on Saturday, June 4! Grab your favorite shopping tote, a beer, and help us shine a bright light on over 20 local LGBTQ+-owned businesses. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS ~...

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some...

Pride TeaDance at Dorchester Brewing Co

LesbianNightLife LGBTQ+ Women and Friends take over one of the hottest rooftop bars in the city, the Rooftop @ Dorchester Brewing Co for the Bostons largest LGBTQ Women, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Sunday Rooftop Mixer and Dance Party. This event will feature DJ...

Quincy Pride

Quincy Massachusetts is a city known for its bold and historical traditions. Help us carry on that legacy by participating in the Quincy Pride Day, a celebration of our families, our diversity, and our community. GUEST SPEAKERS • DRAG PERFORMANCES • FOOD & BEER VENDORS •...

Boston Dyke March

The Boston Dyke March believes in anti-capitalist, intersectional gender liberation and welcomes all who feel the same. The March is a grassroots Pride event that is ASL interpreted, wheelchair, stroller, and scooter accessible. An accessibility vehicle is available for those who...

LesbianNightLife Rooftop at Revere Hotel Pride Party

Dance under the stars and indulge in some of Boston's best hand-crafted cocktails in a Summer Rooftop event brought to you by LesbianNightLife! 3 Djs Battle it out... Dj JamilaAfrika, La Nena, & Andrea Stamas Silent Disco (headphone party) Multiple DJ's light up the dance...

Pride: Cupcakke, Slayyter, & Detox

Boston's BIGGEST Pride Dance Party at the Brand New Roadrunner! Drag + Music festival, New England's biggest dance floor, vendor market, superstar lineup & more! Live Stage Spectacular starring: CupcakKe & Slayyyter Hosted by: Detox (Rupaul's Drag Race) Many local LGBTQ+...

Boston's LGBTQ Past

A gay and lesbian culture flourished in Boston, in private homes, the theatre, coffee houses, the baths, and of course, bars. We will follow the footsteps of gay and lesbian friends from the 1840s to the 1980s, from Thoreau's walks along the Common and Charlotte Cushman's...

Chandler Street Block Party

Boston Proud is so excited to present Chandler Street Block Party! Join us on Sat. June 11th for our event from 2-8PM. DJ Alex Costa!

Pride Bar Crawl Festival

Join us for Boston's biggest Pride Bar Crawl - featuring DJs, Drag, vendor market, and much more. Must be 21+ to participate in the entire crawl. Time Out Market, our designated space for those under 21 Event benefits Trans Resistance MA and will contribute toward opening a new...

ROAD OF RAINBOWS

ROAD OF RAINBOWS (RoR) the first truly inclusive 5K in Massachusetts where all genders are welcome! RoR is an inclusive athletic event for the arts, on the Boston Common, Pride Weekend June 11th. Come let your inner unicorn fly and help break down the barriers between athletics...

SomerPride!

Happy Pride! Stock up on glitter and grab your rainbow boa, SomerPride is on June 11! Celebrate in Union Square with a day and night full of live music from local bands, food and art vendors, games and more. Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys headline and have curated an...

Back Bay Block Party for Pride in Boston

Come to this huge block party happening on June 12! It all takes place on St. James Ave Back Bay Boston. (Between Berkeley & Arlington) Enter on Berkeley St (21+ to drink) Event highlights include: DJ Wayne Michael & DJ Marco Da Silva Dancing, Performances, Huge Beer...

Drag Bingo & Build Your Own Mule Party with Deep Eddy Vodka

On Sunday, June 12th join Time Out Market Boston for this month's Drag Bingo! Plane Jane, their resident host, takes the stage starting at 7 pm. The games will begin with a drag performance to kick off the hour-long bingo bonanza. Between rounds, guests can also expect...

Pop-Up Pride

Join us for a rally and festival with food, music, and performances. Boston Pop-Up Pride is a grassroots, community-organized, community-centered, one-time event. We look forward to celebrating all LGBTQ+ identities, honoring the work of our ancestors, and giving back to our...

Sing We Our Tomorrow

Boston Choral Ensemble celebrates Pride 2022 with Sing We Our Tomorrow, a stirring musical and spoken-word program exploring LGBTQIA+ identity in a journey through history. The concert will feature music by LGBTQIA+ composers including Mari Esabel Valverde, Michael...

Patty Bourrée's Last Pride on Earth

Boston drag and cabaret star Patty Bourrée returns to the Mosesian Center for the Arts for her LAST PRIDE ON EARTH. Intergalactic war, famine, and disease may have left Patty Bourrée as the queen standing on a now desolate planet, but naturally, she is taking this as an...

Disney PRIDE In Concert

Something magical is coming. Returning to the stage after a 30-month COVID hiatus, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus celebrates LGBTQ Pride with the iconic music of Disney in a first of its kind collaboration with Disney Concerts. It's our biggest show to date: 250 singers. 43 songs....

Trans Resistance March & Festival for Black Trans Lives

The third annual Trans Resistance March and Festival will be a celebration by and for TQBIPOC (trans and queer Black and indigenous people of color) in Massachusetts. March Route: Nubian Square in Roxbury to Franklin Park Playstead in Boston, MA.

Boston Urban Pride Weekend

Boston Urban Pride is a weekend of events geared towards our Black, Brown, and Latinx community of the inner city of Boston to celebrate their pride from June 30 - July 3.

Camp Wannakiki Season 4 Sneak Peek Presented by Coleslaw's Corner

SUMMER CAMP IS A DRAG! The cast of the hit reality drag competition Camp Wannakiki comes to the Museum of Science for an exclusive Summer Thursdays special event! Don’t miss the world premiere screening of the first episode of season 4, featuring a panel conversation with the...

Drag Bingo & Rosé Party with Vanderpump Rosé

On Sunday, July 17th join Time Out Market Boston for this month's Drag Bingo! Plane Jane, their resident host, takes the stage starting at 7pm. The games will begin with a drag performance to kick off the hour-long bingo bonanza. Between rounds, guests can also expect appearances...

Drag Bingo & Aperol Spritz Party at Time Out Market Boston

On Sunday, August 7th join Time Out Market Boston for this month's Drag Bingo! Plane Jane, their resident host, takes the stage starting at 7pm. The games will begin with a drag performance to kick off the hour-long bingo bonanza. Between rounds, guests can also expect...

Please see our full Calendar of Events

 

We’ve had tourists ask about walking the Yellow Brick Road - we’re sorry to disappoint them by pointing out that they may actually mean the Freedom Trail with its painted red brick line that connects the 16 main sites dealing with the history of Boston and the American Revolution. You may also want to walk the Equality Trail - a self-guided walking tour that follows the route of Boston's first Gay Pride March in 1971 and offers information about issues and individuals related to this route.

So come be a part in our continuing history. Oh and at the end of the Freedom Trail, no need to click your heels three times to get home - we recommend the MBTA.

…Let's not forget Cape Cod is just down the coast a bit. Provincetown has long been a prominent LGBT tourist destination. Ferries from Boston (no cars) offer a quick and relaxing way to make the trip or by car it is just a little under three hours.