Hyde Park rallies around The Pryde, covers signs of hate with signs of love


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“You hugged us. You shared our shock, sorrow and anger. You proved that love trumps hate and everyone deserves a safe and cherished home,” wrote project leaders on Facebook on Monday.

Rally participants who rallied in support of LGBTQ+ friendly housing project The Pryde in Hyde Park on Sunday covered the spray-painted hateful vandalism with their signs of love. Gretchen Van Ness

In the wake of vandals spraying homophobic slurs and threats at the signs of Boston’s first LGBTQ affordable housing project for seniors, the surrounding neighborhood has shown fierce support for the LGBTQ+ community and the housing project itself.

On Sunday morning, LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a nonprofit that works to create safe and affordable housing for seniors, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, discovered that their signs for The Pryde – their project housing lighthouse in Hyde Park – had been vandalized.

Among the hate messages were frequent use of the derogatory f-word for gay people and threats to burn down the building and kill gay people.

But just hours after discovering the vandalism, the nonprofit worked with local politicians such as Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Boston City Council members Ricardo Arroyo and Ruthzee Louijeune, and Rep. and candidate for Lt. Governor Tami Gouveia to hold a rally in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, people gathered outside the Pryde. According The Boston Heraldthere were about 100 people present.

“Although there are those who, under cover of darkness, seem to feel the need to spew hatred and try to intimidate or slow down the forces of representation, love, community, we have already seen where this community is at,” Mayor Wu said at the rally, the Herald reported.

Wu said the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit is actively investigating the incident and reviewing camera footage of the area, the Herald reported, but a Boston police spokesperson said there were no new developments Monday.

After the rally, organizers asked attendees to cover the hate messages with the signs of love and support they had given to the rally.

These signs, decorated with rainbows and hearts, featured messages such as ‘Everybody Belongs In Hyde Park’, ‘Pryde Stands Up’, ‘Love Overcomes Hate’ and ‘We Are In the same boat”.

Hyde Park rallies around The Pryde, covers signs of hate with signs of love
Rally participants who rallied in support of LGBTQ+ friendly housing project The Pryde in Hyde Park on Sunday covered the spray-painted hateful vandalism with their signs of love. –Gretchen Van Ness
Hyde Park rallies around The Pryde, covers signs of hate with signs of love
Rally participants who rallied in support of LGBTQ+ friendly housing project The Pryde in Hyde Park on Sunday covered the spray-painted hateful vandalism with their signs of love. –Gretchen Van Ness
Hyde Park rallies around The Pryde, covers signs of hate with signs of love
Rally participants who rallied in support of LGBTQ+ friendly housing project The Pryde in Hyde Park on Sunday covered the spray-painted hateful vandalism with their signs of love. –Gretchen Van Ness

“Wow. Thank you. Hyde Park, Boston, our elected officials, the people from the city agencies who made it possible for The Pryde to create a community at the old Barton Rogers School: you showed up,” wrote LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc. .on Facebook after the rally.

“You kissed us. You have shared our shock, our grief and our anger. You have proven that love outweighs hate and everyone deserves a safe and cherished home. Thank you for being with us in this work.

The Pryde began last month and is expected to be completed in 2023. The project will transform the former William Barton Rogers School into 74 mixed-income housing units for all seniors, including LGBTQ+ seniors.

“Haters and cowards won’t stop The Pryde.” LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc. wrote on Facebook on Monday.

“The attack on our community only reinforces our commitment to our mission and our work to create affordable, welcoming and safe homes for our LGBTQ seniors, on whose shoulders we stand and who we hold in our hearts today. and every day.”



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