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

  • Dual Pandemics: Global Youth Perspectives on Fighting HIV and Covid-19

    Join the Kennedy Institute and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for a conversation with youth leaders from Africa and the United States to discuss the realities that young people face in managing their HIV, adapting peer support, and confronting Covid-19 and HIV as these two pandemics impact our communities simultaneously.

  • Getting to the Point: The Kennedy Legacy and the Call to Service

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service for a discussion on how building a culture of service can strengthen our communities and our democracy.

  • Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Commonwealth Museum, and the Massachusetts Archives, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.