On May 28, 2010, the White House issued a proclamation naming June LGBT Pride Month.

The proclamation said the LGBT community has “enriched and strengthened the fabric of our national life … LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline … Thanks to those who came before us. The brave men and women who marched, stood up to injustice and brought change through acts of compassion or defiance. We have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union.”

One of the activities planned for June in Boston was the annual Pride Festival. This year’s Pride theme was “1970-2010: Riots to Rights – Celebrating 40 Years of Progress” and it culminated Pride Week. Held on City Hall Plaza, the festival offered a wide variety of entertainment and attracted a long list of sponsors and vendors.

Among those with a booth at the Pride Festival was Arbour-HRI Hospital’s Triangle Program. Program Director Melissa Savage, Clinical Manager Scott Garvin and doctoral student Ethan Mereish represented Arbour-HRI for the day.

“This is an opportunity to have a more visible presence in the community to show our support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people,” said Savage. “I think it is important to participate in this current civil rights movement and to also celebrate the diversity, strengths and hopes of GLBT people, friends, families and allies.”