Everyone knows that Gay Pride can be a great place to meet someone for dating if you are single. But how do you go about it? We spoke with Keri Aulita, Director of Development for Boston Gay Pride about her tricks and tips for meeting ladies at a Gay Pride event.
Keri, you’re the director of development for Boston Gay Pride. How did you get such a gay job?
I had been affiliated with the Boston Pride Committee for about 12 years in various capacities…committee member, board member, then about 2 years ago we decided that we needed to hire our first full time staff person to run the organization and it was like kismet! I applied for the job and they gave it to me, after an extensive national search. I had been in the non-profit industry, focusing on fundraising and development, for about 15 years and obviously believed so strongly in the Pride movement…so it was a perfect fit.
I’ve never been to Boston Pride. What are some of the highlights?
Boston Pride week is 10 days of events ranging from the block parties, movie nights, political discussions, a youth dance, a Royal Pageant and Pride Idol. Of course our week culminates with a magical and colorful Parade and Festival and two awesome block parties. There really is a wide range of events- a little something for everyone…family-friendly activities, club nights, youth events, discussions…So, highlights? ALL of it!
Are there any specific events for women at Boston Pride?
Yes, each year we host the JP Block Party, an annual event right in the heart of Jamaica Plain, a great neighborhood of Boston known for its diversity and cool, hip vibe. The event draws lots of women, hipsters, queers, artists and friends. This year will feature five female DJs, face painting, sidewalk art, and a Dogs & Drag Fashion Show starring adoptable rescue dogs. Dyke Night Productions is collaborating with us on this event this year and they also offer club nights for women and their friends throughout the week.
Is Boston Pride a good place to meet other lesbians for dating?
Sure is! So many people I know- and friends of mine- have had their first kiss at Boston Pride. A lot of our volunteers also get to know each other through their work and many relationships have been ignited through our work! Of course, if you just want to have fun, kiss a cutie on the dance floor or flirt, that’s okay too…We don’t have an account with U-Haul!
What tips do you have for a single girl at pride? How should she make the most out of the event?
It has been so long since I’ve attended Boston Pride as a participant, but I do remember my early and single days! The great thing about Pride Week- and I think this is true all over, not just in Boston, is that there’s such a great energy around the city. People are relaxed, engaged, eager to meet new people, have fun…so if you’re single, there always seems to be a friendly, smiling face staring back at you. I’d also say that you can get out of it whatever you want…if you want a relaxed week, hit up a panel discussion and throw a pre-Parade brunch. If you want to get wild and crazy, hit the clubs. Chances are you’ll find like-minded people whatever road you chose.
Are there any particular events that would make a good place to take a date?
I think the smaller events like Pride Idol and the Royal Pageant are great…because they’re nightlife events but you get to see a great show, have a cocktail and be home by midnight! I also think pitching in with your sweetie can be a fun date night too…Like how about signing up to chaperone the youth dance? What better way to support our LGBTQ youth than by ensuring they too have a great, safe and fun Pride night. And the event is over by 11, so you can still head out to the adult dance floors afterwards!
What are the details (dates, etc) and where can people go to find out more information?
This year Boston Pride runs from June 1-10 with the Parade and Festival taking place on Saturday, June 9. The week culminates on Sunday June 10 with our 2 simultaneous block parties. You can get all the details and goodies about Pride Week- and our year-round events and activities- at www.bostonpride.org