Join the Melrose Human Rights Commission on Wednesday June 20th from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Beebe Estate for a local celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community members. The festivities will include guest speakers, music arranged by local musician Steven Jones, and a variety of exhibits highlighting LGBTQ+ culture and history in a relaxed atmosphere.
Pride is an annual commemoration of the Stonewall riots of June 1969, often considered the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ rights and emancipatory movement.
There will also be an opportunity to learn about the Massachusetts Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum, on the ballot for November 6, 2018, which seeks to overturn public accommodations protections from discrimination based on gender identity.
Pride Month in Melrose will kick off on Wednesday, June 6, with the raising of the Rainbow flag over Melrose City Hall. Since its debut during Pride in 1978, the Rainbow flag has represented the LGBTQ+ community as a symbol of pride.