BOSTON LGBTQ PRIDE
Hotel union marches with Stonewall Warriors
Published Jun 24, 2010 8:49 PM
Hundreds of thousands of spirited marchers and cheering spectators
participated in Boston’s 40th Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer Pride Parade on
June 12. The theme of this year’s march was “From Riots to
WW photo: Maureen Skehan
The Stonewall Warriors contingent raised many issues of solidarity. Their
banner said, “Come out against racism, sexism, foreclosures and
war,” while their signs opposed Arizona’s racist anti-immigrant
laws and supported the Hyatt Hotel workers.
The strong Stonewall Warriors contingent linked up and marched with the large
UNITE HERE Local 26 contingent and float, in solidarity with Hyatt Hotel
workers and the hotel boycott. The boycott was begun after the Hyatt 100,
workers who were forced to train temporary workers to do their job, were
replaced by the same workers at half the pay.
Local 26 members carried signs at the Boston Pride march which said,
“Hyatt is anti-worker, anti-gay.” UNITE HERE locals have
participated in Pride marches in more than 12 cities nationwide so far this
In California, the LGBTQ community has joined with UNITE HERE to support the
boycott. Hyatt Hotel owner Doug Manchester contributed large sums to the
right-wing campaign to put the anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 on the ballot in
In San Francisco, LGBTQ activists have staged “flash mob
infiltrations” of boycotted hotels, encouraging support for
workers’ rights and singing, “Don’t be caught in a bad
hotel!” Boston’s LGBTQ community carried out a similar action at
the Hyatt Hotel here on June 11, the day before the Pride march.
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