Pride Month 2018 was truly a celebration, not just in Boston, but in Quincy as well. James P. Hahn, O.D., Ph.D., of our visual services department was a key member of the newly formed Quincy Pride Committee along with Quincy Councilor-At-Large Anne Mahoney. The Quincy Pride Committee proudly hosted the very first LGBTQ+ Pride event in Quincy, called Q Pride, on June 3rd. To commemorate the event, Governor Charlie Baker read an Official Proclamation declaring the day Q Pride Day.
A week later on Saturday, June 9th at the 48th Boston Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza, Atrius Health joined hundreds of other companies, non-profits, and agencies in solidarity under a colorful rainbow of balloons. Employees and volunteers staffed our booth throughout the day to promote our healthcare services. Festival-goers learned about Atrius Health’s commitment to diversity with our dedicated physician partners as well as our comprehensive array of care services including behavioral health, transgender health, fertility and reproductive health, and our HIV/Infectious Disease team. Gender-neutral and gender-positive stickers, colorful balloons, pens, and magnetic clips were handed out with informational postcards to celebrants and attendees.
The 2018 Boston Pride Festival was the largest Pride celebration to date in Boston, boasting the best turnout and the largest number of parade marchers ever in its 48-year history, and Atrius Health was there in solidarity and support. For 21 years running, Atrius Health has been a proud supporter of Pride. Each year clinicians and employees show their pride by marching and engaging festival attendees at our booth. The inauguration of Quincy’s Q Pride Festival made this year’s Pride Month that much more meaningful.
Steve Strongwater, MD, President and CEO of Atrius Health, extends his congratulations and thanks to all at Atrius Health who participated in these events, displaying to our communities Atrius Health’s dedication to support diversity with both the patients we serve and our employees.