Official Letter of Concern Follow-up with Boston Pride

The QAPA leadership was invited to a meeting with Boston Pride to discuss our concerns and hear our criticisms. In attendance were 7 representatives from QAPA, QSAC, and MTPC, all part of the Queer Asian community of Boston as well as 2 Boston Pride board members.  We delivered the list of the following four demands to Boston Pride of which they were verbally amenable to.  

Meeting with Boston Pride (6/1/17, 4:30pm)

Location: Boston Pride Office, Boston, MA

Our Demands—

We demand that Boston Pride publicly issue an apology for the harmful impact of their actions on the transgender community and works to ensure their actions in the future do not perpetuate harm and instead celebrate transgender people of all genders and backgrounds. 

Boston Pride (6/2/17): http://www.bostonpride.org/2017/06/message-to-our-community/

We demand that Boston Pride publicly use their visibility and access to media to increase community awareness of the November 2018 ballot measure.

We demand that Boston Pride incorporate mandatory trans competency trainings for all current and incoming board members and volunteers, to learn how to be affirming and inclusive of transgender people of all genders. We demand that they recognize and pay transgender people of all genders for their labor in helping them become a culturally competent organization.

We demand that Boston Pride actively recruit transgender people of all genders (and of color) as paid speakers, paid performers and as marshals for Pride 2018 so at least 50% of speakers, performers, and marshals are trans.