There are 13 total spots along the route — here are a handful of the locations and their connections to Boston’s LGBTQ+ history.
Note: The map below was created by the Boston Preservation Alliance.
The first stop on the route is our city’s oldest surviving LGBTQ+ establishment. Jacque’s Cabaret, dating back to 1938, is where marchers read their first list of demands. The owner of this drag cabaret and bar also opened The Other Side (now closed) across the street in 1965.
As the home of the city’s most popular gay bar from the 1950s-1960s — Punch Bowl — this square at the corner of Arlington Street, Stewart Street, and Columbus Avenue was a social hub for Boston’s LGBTQ+ community.
Arlington Street Church
This church on the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets has been host to various LGBTQ+ groups over the years, from the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to Dignity Boston. It was also the location of Boston’s first same-sex marriage ceremony in 1973, and the country’s first state-sanctioned same-sex wedding in 2004.
Massachusetts State House
The marchers visited Boston’s golden-domed State House to read their third list of demands to the government, aiming to include the LGBTQ+ community in civil rights legislation. In 1975, the State House hosted the swearing in of the country’s first openly gay state legislator, Elaine Noble. The Bay State also became one of the first states to elect an openly lesbian governor — Maura Healey — in 2022.
Bonus: Complete the walking trail this Saturday, June 10, and you’ll find yourself in the area of Boston’s returning Pride Parade and Festival.