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Joy and Sorrow on Pride Weekend

June 14, 2016

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Part of the MAPS Boston Pride float

On Saturday, the MAPS team joined another beautiful and joyful Boston Pride with thousands of GLBTQ friends and allies. On Sunday, we heard the shocking and terrible news that dozens of nightclub patrons celebrating Pride had been murdered in Orlando, Florida. It was the latest and most deadly of the public shooting sprees that have relentlessly terrorized this country in recent years. Fifty people died, including 49 victims and the attacker, who was killed by police.

The shooter, according to published reports, was not only anti-gay. He also allegedly claimed ties to Islamic extremist terror groups and had been known to spew hatred against several minority groups, as well as committing domestic violence against his wife.

We offer our deepest condolences, prayers, and support for the families and communities of those who died, those who were injured, and those who witnessed or were traumatized by this despicable act of homophobic terrorism. But we are also angry, and we demand action. We call on all Americans to muster the courage, strength and humanity to guide our lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and community leaders to unite now and stop this pervasive and senseless violence.

#WeAreOrlando [→]

#WeAreOrlando

June 13, 2016

MAPS stands with the GLBTQ community and against violence of all kinds. #WeAreOrlando

Ways to help/vigils: http://www.weareorlando.org/

We will have more to say on this – please stay tuned.

Join MAPS tomorrow for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade

June 10, 2016

Flyer_ENJoin MAPS tomorrow, June 11, for the 2016 Boston Pride Parade, and let’s celebrate together all forms of love!

Our float will be the prettiest, decorated with a “Gods of the Olympus” theme, and will be closing the parade.

Meet us at Copley Square around 11am.

MAPS gets visited by Portugal’s Secretary of State and Portugal’s Ambassador

June 10, 2016

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Portuguese officials listen to Paulo Pinto, MAPS Executive Director

We were honored to welcome Teresa Ribeiro, Portugal’s Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Domingos Fezas Vital, Portugal’s Ambassador in Washington, and José Velez Caroço, Consul-General of Portugal in Boston to our Cambridge office this past June 8.

After a quick tour of the office, the Portuguese officials spent some time with the members of the community attending our Senior Center and met with MAPS Staff to discuss possibilities for future cooperation.

Thank you very much for your visit!

MAPS Staff Members Join Protest Against Sexual Assault

June 3, 2016

Sexual Assault Protest II

In light of the unsettling recent event in Brazil – in which a 16-year-old girl was brutally raped by 30 men – many MAPS staff members joined other organizations and individuals for a protest action in Boston on June 1st to show their support for sexual assault victims worldwide and condemn the brutal attack. (Thanks to our friends in this action for sharing their protest photos.)

What happened in Brazil: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/27/479796108/outcry-follows-gang-rape-in-brazil-raising-alarms-about-sexual-violence

MAPS ongoing campaign against Sexual Assault: http://bit.ly/Campanha_Nao_e_nao_Ponto_Final

More information and resources from MAPS and its partners: http://www.bastaviolenciasexual.org/

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