Harvard Square Celebrates LGBT Pride Month


Sound Lion
Sound Lion Stores will donate 10% of all sales on Saturday June 8 to the It Gets Better Project, a worldwide movement of user-created videos aimed at LGBT teens to remind them that they are not alone and it WILL get better.

In addition, the store will be filming and posting It Gets Better videos for anyone who would like to make one. Store hours are 10am-10pm – Happy Pride!
Sound Lion, 35 Brattle street, www.soundlion.com, (617) 864-5466

Sweet Cupcakes
Sweet will be offering gay pride inspired cupcakes for the weekend (Friday June 8th, Saturday June 9th, and Sunday June 10th). We will have chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles.
Sweet Cupcakes, Zero Brattle Street, www.sweetcupcakes.com, 617-547-2253

Follow the Honey
Follow The Honey celebrates the “Sweet Heart of the Matter” ~ One Love! Mention Gay Pride at checkout the weekend of June 8th and receive 10% off. Give honey to your honey! Something that actually DOES last forever.
Follow the Honey, 1132 Mass Ave, www.followthehoney.com, 617-945-7356

Zinneken’s Belgian waffle bakery will offer the “Rainbow waffle” accompanied by 6 delicious toppings including whipped cream, banana, strawberries, caramel, dark Belgian chocolate and ice cream for $8.25! Offer will only be available on the 8th of July.
Zinneken’s, 1154 Massachusetts Avenue, www.twitter.com/zinnekens, (617) 606-3295

Harvard Book Store
We have a program called the Select Seventy—books discounted 20% for the month. Within each month’s group, we do a Spotlight on a particular topic, and in June it’s Pride. Here are the 5 books that will be discounted for the month.

Robert Aldrich: Gay Lives
Michael Bronski: A Queer History of the United States
Sarah Moon: The Letter Q
Rodger Streitmatter: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Nicholas M. Teich: Transgender 101
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, http://www.harvard.com, 617.661.1515

Grendel’s Den
Join the party with Grendel’s Pride Weekend Cocktails and play Marriage Map Bingo (Bing-ay?).

From Friday June 8th thru Sunday June 10th, anytime you order off our Gay Pride Cocktail list, you get a chance to fill in another state on our famous marriage equality map. Get 5 out of 8 of the US States that allow same-sex couples to marry and you win a $20 gift card.

Cocktails include:

The Tea Dance – Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Razzmatazz & Sprite The Boat Slip – Goslings Black Seal Rum, Bacardi, OJ, Pineapple and Grenadine The Origin of Love – Whitley Neill Gin, Thatchers Blood Orange liqueur, shaken with egg white and simple syrup. (Acknowledgements to Hedwig & the Angry Inch) Le Marais Daiquiri – Bacardi with a dash of Lillet Blanc, Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth, Lemon & egg white shaken.
Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop St., http://www.grendelsden.com/, (617) 491-1160


The Harvard COOP
Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 pm

Michael Bronski
A Queer History of the United States
(Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction)

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.
The Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, www.thecoop.com, 617-499-2000


From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law—not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans.

Since I took office, my Administration has worked to broaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playing field for LGBT people and communities. We have fought to secure justice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Because we understand that LGBT rights are human rights, we continue to engage with the international community in promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples.

More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its work to advance the rights of LGBT Americans. This month, as we reflect on how far we have come and h