It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome as you gather for the 43rd Annual Boston Pride Week.
Boston Pride is more than just a parade; it is a weeklong celebration of what makes Boston great – our diversity, our strength and our belief in equality for all. Each year, Boston Pride gives us an opportunity to promote these values to the rest of the world by standing together with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends and showing our pride.
As Mayor, it has been my honor to lead the pride parade every year I have been in office. This may be my last year as Mayor, but I will always remain a proud supporter of Boston Pride. I am especially proud this year to have been selected as Grand Marshall of the 2013 Boston Pride Parade under our theme: “Moving Forward…Proud, Strong, United.” It reminds me that while we have made great progress toward equality here in Boston, more work lies ahead.
People often asked me if it was difficult to support the LGBT community throughout my years in office. I tell them it was the easiest decision I ever made – to stand with my friends and advocate for dignity, equality and basic human rights. You make me proud and you make our city proud. Thank you for your support and friendship.
I want to thank the organizers of Boston Pride for making this one of the largest all-volunteer pride festivals in the world. Please enjoy everything Boston has to offer this week and remember to always show your pride.
Thomas M. Menino
Mayor of Boston