Public Programs

Stronger Together

As part of Boston Pride’s activities during Pride Week, Boston Pride annually holds a political forum focused on human rights and education of the LGBTQ community. This year, the forum will focus on advocacy and activism within the LGBTQ community in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The theme of this year’s Boston Pride Parade and Festival is “Stronger Together,” which was nominated and selected by the community in Boston. Boston Pride is partnering with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for the event, which will be held at the Institute.

Panelists will include current and former elected officials as well as long-time LGBT activists to discuss the meaning of “stronger together” in terms of advocacy and activism within the community and strategies for moving the community forward. The event will be moderated by Alison King of NECN and NBC Boston.


  • Kevin J. Dumas, Mayor (R-Attleboro)

  • Arline Isaacson, President, Isaacson Political Consultants and Co-Chair of Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus

  • Carl Sciortino, Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee and former State Representative (D-Medford)

  • Rep. Michael E. Capuano, U.S. Representative (D-MA 7th District)


  • Alison King, Political Reporter, NECN and NBC Boston

Additional Resources

  • City Awake: Empowering Youth to Vote

    Join City Awake, in partnership with the Kennedy Institute, for a timely discussion with Martin Luther King, III on the importance of civic engagement, empowerment, and how it is imperative that we all vote in the upcoming election, especially the next generation.

  • Getting to the Point with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

    Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen Breyer will participate in a moderated conversation with Ari Melber, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent and host of “The Beat with Ari Melber”, about the vital role the Supreme Court plays in providing checks and balances on the federal government, the importance of nominations to the bench and how elections impact these decisions, and the recent rulings of the court.

  • 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award

    Join the Museum of African American History, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for the 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event. Now in its third year, the Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize and two $5,000 finalist prizes for exceptional adult non-fiction books written in a literary style.