Join Spectrum LGBT Center for the FACES OF MARIN Marching Contingent at the SF Pride Parade

Parade Theme: Pride NOT Prejudice

San Francisco Pride will be held on Sunday, June 24th and Spectrum LGBT Center is  joining with several other Marin County organizations to form the FACES OF MARIN marching contingent.  We hope you’ll join us this year as part of Spectrum’s 25th Anniversary of promoting acceptance, community, and equality for LGBT people.

Spectrum Board Member Dolores Caruthers, and her partner Laura Espinosa, will be honored as Community Grand Marshals in this year’s parade.  Our contingent will be following them as we stroll down Market Street.  If you’ve never been in the parade, it’s a wonderful experience!

We invite individuals and organizations to join our contingent. You may carry an organizational banner, or bring posters.  You may also distribute information along the parade route (there are certain restrictions on the type of items that may be distributed — you can find out more about that on the website at www.sfpride.org).

The SF Pride Committee requires each contingent to provide trained SAFETY MONITORS who volunteer to attend trainings and march with the contingent.  We estimate that we’ll have fifty people in our contingent, which means we need four volunteers to attend safety monitor trainings prior to the parade (dates and locations TBA).
It has been a number of years since Marin has entered a unique contingent in the parade, and this is the year to do it!

CONTACT INFORMATION

* To join the marching contingent: email parade@spectrummarin.org
* To volunteer as a Safety Monitor: email zahwa1@aol.com
* To read more about SF PRIDE: www.sfpride.org
* To learn more about Spectrum LGBT Center: www.spectrummarin.org

Hope to see you there!

Marin Pride Picnic Date Announced

MARIN COUNTY – A spirited, family-friendly Marin Pride Picnic will be held on Sunday August 5th from 1 PM until 5 PM at Piper Park on Doherty Drive in Larkspur.

Organized by Spectrum LGBT Center and the Marin AIDS Project, the picnic will be a relaxed, no-frills North Bay celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“While Spectrum and Marin AIDS Project offer a multitude of events throughout the year, Pride is a special time when we gather together as a community,” says Paula Pilecki, Spectrum’s Executive Director.

There will be something for everyone in an alcohol-free, smoke-free environment. Among the festivities will be a special playground for children who attend with their families. A dog park is nearby for those who want to bring the entire family. Softball, volleyball “drag” races, and other picnic activities will entertain kids of all ages. There will be a surprise guests from the world of politics, theater, and gay culture. Grilled picnic treats will be available, and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets.

Andy Fyne of the Marin AIDS Project says, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people from Marin sometimes express frustration about not having a gathering place
where we can connect with our neighbors. This picnic is a great way to mingle, meet, and network with other LGBT folk from Marin and the North Bay.”

“Let’s celebrate this time of gathering, loving and caring for our brothers and sisters in our community,” says Marcos Hardman of the Entre Hombres Program of the Marin AIDS Project. “I’m looking forward to a great party,” adds Brian Cross of Marin Life. “It’s the golden opportunity to bring together our diverse community in Marin and the wider Bay Area.”

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ABOUT SPECTRUM: Founded in 1982, Spectrum is celebrating 25 years of promoting acceptance, community, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. For more information, call Paula Pilecki at 415-457-1115 ext. 209 or email pilecki@spectrummarin.org.