In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court became the first state supreme court in the U.S. to rule that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry. A year later, Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Boston Pride Week (tel. 617/262-9405) takes place at the beginning of June and includes a festival, a concert, block parties, and the largest gay-pride parade in New England. Festivities often continue throughout the month, and restaurants, bars, and other venues are likely to fly the rainbow flag during these weeks. Note: Additional Pride events are held in February (Black Pride), April (Latinx Pride), and May (Youth Pride).
The free weekly Bay Windows (tel. 617/266-6670) covers New England's LGBT community and features extensive entertainment listings. The alternative weekly Boston Phoenix publishes cultural and nightlife listings. A good online resource is Edge Boston.
An excellent guide to local gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly businesses is the Pink Pages. The website of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau has an LGBT Traveler section; click "Visit Boston," then "Boston Insider." The state tourism department has a separate website, www.lgbtmassvacation.com, devoted to information about activities and attractions across Massachusetts. Other useful resources include the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline (tel. 888/340-4528 or 617/267-9001) and the Peer Listening Line, for people 25 and under (tel. 800/399-7337 or 617/267-2535), both operated by Fenway Community Health; the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (tel. 617/227-4313), which holds a general meeting every Wednesday at 8pm; and the Bisexual Resource Center (tel. 617/424-9595).
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