PRIDE Event at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

PRIDE Cloverdale

Sun, June 23, 2019, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This is an important first for CPAC and for the community—our inaugural PRIDE event and everyone is invited!  As a part of the ongoing series, “Telling the Story,” “PRIDE” will celebrate diversity as we join others around the country during national Pride Month and herald the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall uprising, a spontaneous grass roots movement that soon became a symbol of resistance to social and political discrimination that would inspire solidarity among LGBTQI groups for decades in the United States and around the globe.


The 3:00 Pride program will be a facilitated 3-participant 60-minute discussion with a 15-minute Q&A to follow. The intent of this program, “Tales of Our Life”,  is to offer narrative arcs of LGBTQI life from youth to parenting to elderhood.  Panelists include:

Maxwell Anderson, Outreach Coordinator from Positive Images, an organization that provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersexed youth and young adults, and educates the greater community
Zahyra Garcia, an advocate from North Bay LBGTQI Families, a support group that discusses issues and finds resources pertaining to queer parenting and families living in the North Bay – Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Marin counties and
Gay (Buz) Hermes, senior advocate and creator of the Aging Gayfully course at Sonoma State

At 5:00, we will present a panel discussion of  “Walks of Life” featuring LGBT business, professional, community, and faith leaders, including:

Santa Rosa attorney Jeff Nguyen
The Reverend Tim McDonald from Cloverdale’s Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,
Brad Beard, owner and winemaker, from Geyserville’s Mercury Wines
Lisa Carreño, President and CEO of United Way of Wine Country and
Laurie Fong, Vice President, Santa Rosa City Schools Board and former Montgomery High School principal.

At 6:30 we will conclude the event with a social mixer in our lobby and front patio with an informal “Celebration of Life.”  Food, wine, beer, and a “Pride Cocktail” will be available. Suggested donation is $10.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

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