June is LGBT Pride month. June was originally chosen to honor the Stonewall Riots that happened in June of 1969 in Manhattan. Many cities across the United States celebrate all month long with events and pride parades. The Boston Pride Parade of 2016 happened on Saturday, June 11 and was a spectacular sight to behold. The parade, is the biggest in all of New England, and combines the rich history of Boston with the history of the LGBT movement, making for a unique and exciting experience. It this only part of the many pride events that the city of Boston hosts during the month of June.
The Boston Public Library with Rainbow Pride Flags
The scene when lining up for the parade is amazing. People are everywhere, floats are decorated in rainbows and glitter, music is loud, and dancing is infectious. The crowd was made up of people of all ages, all races, all genders and sexualities, and all of them are coming together to celebrate and show support for their community. There was some rain at the beginning, but no one let that phase them. Umbrellas popped up left and right, but the music stayed loud and the people remained happy and dancing. Once the parade kicked off, all of the groups fell into line and began the march. Floats honked their horns and the parade viewers yelled out their support to the groups as they passed. There were a lot of dogs that were out and about with their owners, some of them even sporting pride flags and rainbow bandanas. The parade ended at City Hall Plaza where there were tents with many different organizations that support the LGBT community and a stage with performances from many well-known LGBT performers from the Boston area.
Start of the Boston Pride Parade ([Photo: Boston.com](https://www.boston.com/culture/events/2016/06/11/highlights-from-the-2016-boston-pride-parade))
While Boston Pride was a blast, the tone of the whole weekend changed the next day. News broke that there had been a mass shooting at the gay bar Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. It was all over the papers, the internet, and the television stations as the largest shooting in US history. It was revealed that the shooter had become outraged after seeing two men kissing in a public space, and that was what probably fueled his hatred to target Pulse. It was a hate crime that shook the nation and left many people in the LGBT community, as well as their loved ones, feeling vulnerable and scared.
Families and friends reacting to a list of hospitalized victims ([Photo: CNN](http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/us/orlando-nightclub-shooting/))
However, this tragedy is the exact reason that we still need Pride across the country. Because it shows just how alienated the LGBT community is still in the United States. Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but the idea of queer couples is still a foreign concept to many people. Pride can be used to overturn the idea that LGBT people are strange or different or out of the ordinary. Pride can normalize the way queer couples are seen in everyday life. Pride must continue as it has been planned, and this will show the resiliency of the LGBT community, and that we will all stand together to combat hatred and foster an understanding across the nation.