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.
- 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.