Five Ways to Celebrate LGBT History Month in Boston

There’s plenty of things to do this fall in Boston. But during October, don’t miss out on several places to celebrate LGBT Month in Boston. Read on for our five favorites.

Boston Equality Trail

The Boston Equality trail follows the path of the first Gay Pride March in Boston, held on June 26, 1971. The major stops include gay bar Jacques (79 Broadway), Boston police headquarters (1 Schroeder Plaza), the Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon Street), and St. Paul’s Cathedral (138 Tremont Street).

John Adams Courthouse

Housed in the John Adams Courthouse (1 Pemberton Square), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, established in 1692, is the oldest continually-operating appeals court in the Americas. Housed in a monumental 19th-century civic building, the court is where, on November 18, 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled four to three that Massachusett’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Cambridge City Hall

In nearby Cambridge, City Hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue) — built in Romanesque style in 1888 — was, shortly after midnight on May 17, 2004, the site of the first legal applications in the United States for same-sex couples. Later that day, at 9:15am, the Cambridge city clerk issues the first same-sex marriage licenses.


Boston is the hometown of GLAD (the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders). Throughout the year, the organization hosts events where you can learn more about GLAD’s work, meet friends, and support civil rights for the LGBTQ community.


Popular summer retreat Provincetown draws a significant LGBTQ population in the warm months, but also year round. Check out our guide to planning the perfect day trip to Provincetown.

This LGBT Month, explore Boston.

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