Brookline is My Home
LGBT History Month
In October 2018, the Town celebrates the progress and accomplishments of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans community.
Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, on October 12, 1979, activists convened the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. LGBT History Month was founded by Rodney Wilson, a graduate student earning a degree in History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Rodney, his classmates and a professor, organized a film festival in October 1994, to celebrate LGBT History Month. This was the beginning of a yearly tradition when colleges and universities would hold events every October to commemorate LGBT History. Former Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld and Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, were among the first to acknowledge the LGBT community. Massachusetts is home to many organizations that proudly supports the LGBT community. Events are taking place across the Commonwealth to celebrate LGBT History month.
Links to LGBT events in Brookline and other Massachusetts Communities
Did you know?
In November 1995, Massachusetts voters elected Maura Healey, our first openly gay Attorney General.
Rodney Wilson, LGBT History Month founder thought English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to Spanish speakers in Massachusetts
The oldest existing LGBT organization is Netherlands’ Center for Culture and Leisure (COC). It was founded in 1946.
ETHOS is a Massachusetts non-profit organization founded in 1973 whose mission include serving the senior LGBT community: PRESENTATION: Making Aging Services More LGBT-Friendly
Indigenous People's Day
Brookline Recognizes Indigenous People’s Day
On October 8, 2018, the Town respectfully recognizes the contributions, sacrifices, and tribulations of our nation’s indigenous people and others throughout the world. We ask that our community members take pause on this day and take time to learn about cultures that were here long before it became what we now call home.
There are several communities that have celebratory events on the day. Please use the links below to find additional information on these events. Links to webpages devoted to Native American history are also provided below.
Nearby Indigenous People’s Day Events
Also, check out Indigenous People's Day Boston's Facebook page for more events!
Special advance screening of PBS series ''Native America"
NATIVE AMERICA is a new four-part series from Providence Pictures on PBS. Weaving history and science with living Indigenous traditions, the series brings to life a land of massive cities connected by social networks spanning two continents, with unique and sophisticated systems of science, art and writing. Made with the active participation of Native American communities and filmed in some of the most spectacular locations in the hemisphere, NATIVE AMERICA illuminates the splendor of a past whose story has for too long remained untold.
Episode 1: "Caves to Cosmos'' Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ Suffolk Law School
4:00 – 5:30pm Suffolk University Law School - Room 235 120 Tremont Street, Boston
Sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic at Suffolk University Law School. RSVP to Nicole Friederichs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 2: "Nature to Nations'' Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ Harvard Chan School of Public Health
1:00-3:00 pm, Snyder Auditorium (Kresge G1) 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Episode 3: "Cities in the Sky" Monday, October 15, 2018 @ Cambridge Public Library
7pm- 8:30 pm Cambridge Public Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway St, Cambridge
Sponsored by Cultural Survival
Episode 4 "New Worlds Rising" Monday, October 22, 2018 @ UMass Boston
4:00-6:00 pm, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development building, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston
Brookline celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month | September 15th-October 15th
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
SELVA VIRGEN | Brookline connections to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
Julia Alegria's daughter and son-in-law are Brookline residents. Alegria lives in Loreto, Peru, where she owns and privately preserves 25 hectares of rainforest, called Selva Virgen. She works to protect the air, water, flora and fauna in the area and maintain the biodiversity of the rainforest. Some of the trees on her land are over 500 years old! Although she is retired from teaching school after 26 years, she believes she has a responsibility to continue teaching people about the world, land, and environment, especially as threats like global warming continue to loom. For the last 15 years, Alegria has been working with other private land owners as part of a cooperative to preserve Peru's wildlife. But it's not just nature that they're protecting- there are ancient, indigenous cultures that reside in the Amazon. By protecting the land that belongs to these communities, their customs and practices are conserved.
When you walk around the Town of Brookline, imagine all the houses were the same shapes and color, and all the flower banks in fronts of those houses were all purple lilacs. The monotony and sameness would make it dull. No one would be attracted to it. But we all enjoy the different colors that complement what attracts us to admire the beauty of mixing different colors. We often under-appreciate diversity in our town. This project will encourage us all to embrace what makes us different and recognize what makes us the same.
- Cultural Events
- Cultural Displays
- Informing the community about diversity
- Multimedia presentation in different languages
- Pictures of people with their native country’s flag
- Spotlighting on different cultures
- Town wide annual events
Do you have ideas to promote our diverse community? Please email Lloyd Gellineau.
"Cultural diversity is important because if it wasn't for cultural diversity then man will not be able to evolved into better smarter and cleaner individuals."
Since religion played a major role to assimilation in American society, the church as another faith-based organization continues to play a vital role in advocating on behalf of immigrants to assimilate in American culture. While adapting to another culture, religious faith remains as an integral part of the immigrant culture. Deeply rooted faith sustains the individual’s transition to a new way of life. The influence of social gatherings, involving: music, dancing, and sharing ethnic foods broker of common bonds. Every ethnic culture contributes to the landscape, which is called the melting pot of the United States of America.
Brookline is My Home display's cultural artifacts around the Town.
Informing the community about diversity
Cultural gatherings: The chance to share culture within a particular community and to also share it with people who live in the Town of Brookline who are not from that group. We have to work to make them curious about a culture which is not one they know about! We have to make it comfortable for them to come.
Besides the gatherings themselves, I think a booklet or a newsletter about each group could be published with oral histories, family stories and "coming to America" stories), folktales, songs, recipes, sometimes recipes are the only thing offered in cultural exchanges), also games, customs, holidays. Moreover, some statements about life in the town within this particular ethnic.
Multimedia Presentation in different languages
Acknowledge a specific cultural group. What will they tell about their country, where they from in their native language. “Brookline is my home”. This avenue will help to find out about their country of origin: allowing many different ideas that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Embracing diversity will evolve individual into a better understanding.
Pictures of people with their native country’s flag
Events for all different generations, children including: the old settlers to the newly arrived. Ethnic storytelling and music; African crafts and drumming; Brazilian and Caribbean’s Carnival, etc. Mask’s making for Day of the Dead celebrations (Hispanic.) The influence of social gatherings, involving: music, dancing, and sharing ethnic foods broker of common bonds and a major role to assimilation in American society. Having a costume parade, displaying arts, crafts, food and music
Spotlighting on different cultures
The history of immigration shows that most immigrants at the beginning lack support from wider based social organizations, and thus have been forced to take on the responsibility by socializing themselves or with the assistance of their families or ethnically based organizations when they first arrived. To be understood and recognized by the rest of Brookline. The fact is that many members of long- time established Brookline cultural groups (Irish, Italian, Jewish, English, African-American) have almost no idea that, for example, how the Latino community lives, the Afro-Caribbean. Just to be very specific, an Irish or Swiss or Jewish person living in Brookline may very well have never met a Latino with it vibrant culture.
United States of America has opened its doors to many immigrants, has always recognized the countries where they from. Most settlements were composed of complete family groups with several generations already established in America.
Town wide annual events
Showcase a town wide exhibit for each particular ethnic culture.
Every individual has a gift to offer and to share with others. People need people in their lives, by building relationship from diverse backgrounds. People can learn from each other in partnership and by engaging in common bond to access to opportunity. Building relationship and creating a community that can come together and making better connection toward to begin to come together as one.