From WCVB (Ch. 5):
BOSTON —A record number of people turned out Saturday to march in Boston’s 43rd annual pride parade, including Jason Collins, the first active male professional athlete in a major team sport to announce he is gay…
“The support that I’ve received over the past month has been overwhelming, and hopefully it gives someone else out there struggling with what I was going through,” he said. “The realization that once they do step forward, the support is there waiting for them.”
Collins was all smiles as he wore a black T-shirt that read (hashtag)BeTrue when he joined thousands of marchers along the parade route. Also joining him was Rep. Joe Kennedy, his former Stanford University roommate, who also took part in last year’s parade.
Organizers said 230 groups registered for this year’s parade, which is second in size only to New York…
Boston Mayor Tom Menino was named the grand marshal of the parade but was unable to participate due to his recent surgery for prostate cancer. Instead, he addressed the crowd briefly and waved to parade participates from the Parkman House, where he is staying.
“I remember the first year that I ran, it was not popular to walk in the parade,” recalled Menino. “And today it’s so popular, everyone wants to be in the parade. But 20 years ago, no, ‘I’m afraid to be with gays.’ We’re a different city today.”…
Gov. Deval Patrick and Menino’s wife, Angela, also took part in the celebration with a ribbon-cutting at the beginning of the parade route at Boylston and Dartmouth streets.
“What people have asked for is to be treated just like everybody else, and that’s an ancient principle in our country,” Patrick said. “I think other parts of the country are catching up.”
Video at the link.
Waht’s on the agenda as we wrap up another weekend?