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Is Boston Post-Gay?12:20
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Gay rights supporters marched alongside the Charles River in 2004. (Steven Senne/AP)
Gay rights supporters marched alongside the Charles River in 2004. (Steven Senne/AP)

Boston's Gay Pride movement turned 40 this weekend. In state that went from 300 years of English puritanical morality to a 100 years of Irish Catholic morality to being the first in the nation to recognize gay marriage, it's clear what a dramatic impact that movement has had. Today, Pride is a mainstream event, covered by the mainstream press and attended by mainstream politicians.

Almost two generations later, have sexual minorities become so integrated into society, at least in a big progressive city like Boston, that being gay is no longer an issue? As the South End becomes more "rich" than "gay," is Boston's LGBT community losing its physical headquarters — and does that matter? Does Boston need a Castro district?

We're examining the possibility of post-gay Boston, what has been lost and what has been gained if the gay movement has, indeed, assimilated into the mainstream.

Guests:

  • Arline Isaacson, longtime veteran of the LGBT rights movement in Boston and former head of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.
  • Pierce Durkin, member of the Boston Pride board of directors

This program aired on June 14, 2010.

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