BOSTON (AP) – The longtime organizer of Boston’s Pride Parade is closing its doors after 50 years.

Boston Pride announced its decision to disband with a statement posted on its website Friday. The group had recently been accused by some members of the LGBTQ community of excluding racial minorities and transgender people.

“It is clear to us that our community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride,” the group’s board of directors wrote in the statement. “We worry too much about getting in the way.”

The group’s executive director announced last month that she would step down in response to complaints about the inclusion.

Boston Pride had held several virtual events in June to honor Pride Month but was forced to cancel the annual parade due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Advocacy group MassEquality called the disbandment a loss to the community, but predicted that a new organization would take over the work of organizing the parade.

“Boston Pride is bigger than any organization,” MassEquality said in a statement.

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