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Beacon Press Marches in Boston Pride

Beacon Pride Banner
Editorial director Gayatri Patnaik displays our Pride banner with assistant designer Louis Roe

We’re excited to be marching in Boston Pride this year! Will we see you there tomorrow? You’ll see us in bright blue shirts emblazoned with “Publishing with Pride,” handing out buttons and postcards with links to PDF samples of select LGBT titles from our catalog. And it looks like the weather will be cooperative this year, too. A sunny Pride is the best Pride. Those of us you will see in the parade, staff members and authors, would like to share with you the reasons why we’re marching. Happy Pride! 

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“I’m marching with my colleagues and friends at a time when the hard won rights of the LGBT community are being challenged; when we’re in danger of stepping backwards in this crucial civil rights battle rather than taking the leaps forward we need. So, now more than ever, we need to publish books and broadcast our commitment to the rights of the Queer community, and walk with pride.”
—Helene Atwan, Director 

“I’m marching in Pride this year to lift up our LGBTQIA authors and their messages of commiseration, education, and celebration. Their books have been a resource for me before and during my time at Beacon, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share their work with our community.”
—Daniel Barks, Reprint and Digital Production Manager

“I’m marching as an ally. In years past, I’ve felt it wasn’t really my place to march in the Pride Parade. But as we all know, we’re living in a precarious political environment, and this year, I felt strongly that if my LGBT colleagues wanted allies to march with them, I wanted to show my support—for their rights, for their safety, for their visible presence. And more generally speaking, for a society that embraces diversity and justice.”
—Amy Caldwell, Executive Editor

“Visibility and affirmation for LGBTQ people of color could not be more important. That’s why I started marching in Pride parades three years ago. It’s especially important now during our current administration. There is no one way to be queer or experience queerness; there is no central, canonical narrative. All are valid. Beacon Press has published some incredible and moving work by LGBTQ writers of color. I’m honored to march with a publishing house that recognizes and affirms the broad gamut of the queer experience by making the words of these authors available to the public. Please read them! And cheer like mad for us when you see us in the parade!”
—Christian Coleman, Digital Marketing Associate

“I’m so happy and proud to march with Beacon Press at Pride. Beacon books kept me sane and hopeful through college, inspired me to join the movement for marriage equality, and continue to bring out the best for our progressive movement.”
—Hillary Goodridge, contributor to Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All! 

“I’ve been attending Pride for just about as long as I’ve lived here, almost twenty years, in support of LGBTQ friends, family, and colleagues and their rights in this country. I’m marching with Beacon Press this year because the work of our authors helps lift up the issues and voices in the community and I’m proud to be a representative for them in Boston!”
—Alyssa Hassan, Senior Marketing Manager

“I’m marching to raise awareness of Beacon’s commitment to publishing LGBTQ titles and authors. I’m also marching so that my five-year-old son, Matthew, will experience firsthand how fabulous and fun it is to be part of the queer community.”
—Gayatri Patnaik, Editorial Director

“For all the criticism marches like Boston Pride have taken for their corporate sponsorships, I think it’s all the more important that small, queer-fronted organizations represent themselves at queer events to remind everyone who those events and spaces really belong to. I also recall the last time I attended Boston Pride, I was a high school student with limited exposure to queer resources and community—I certainly had no idea there was a publishing house that specialized in the kind of work we do. I’m marching with the hope we can reach a few people like that, folks who are excited about exploring their identities but might not know where to look until it marches up to them (with a big blue banner!).”
—Louis Roe, Assistant Designer

“My favorite part of Pride is seeing young people who are beginning to explore their sexual identity realize they are in a space where their existence is being celebrated. That kind of positive, accessible representation of joy in LGBTQ communities and visible support from allies is crucial in times like this, especially for children who are receiving mixed messages about their value and worth from people in power.”
—Ayla Zuraw-Friedland, Editorial Assistant 

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