6th Annual Manatee Pride 2019. Saturday March 16th, Noon- 5:00 pm at Bradenton Riverwalk, Pavilion 452 3rd West. AJ Wolff coordinated MUUF’s participation again this year.  

MUUF has participated in all six Gay Pride events.   Click here for pictures of all the years of Gay Pride.

We had our biggest turnout from MUUF to date. There was a rainy start to the day, but it cleared just in time for setup. The family friendly event was well attended featuring live entertainment, local venders, food and free Tropicana bottles of fruit juice which helped us though a warm afternoon. We felt inspired with the opening candle lighting readings by the group of Progressive local clergy, followed with Rev. Fred giving us an informative homily on Love is Love, and ending with a favorite peace song, Let There Be Peace on Earth. After the opening we enjoyed a busy day at the MUUF booth which was well visited. We gave out candy, UUA Welcoming Congregation brochures and tear off sheets with information about MUUF. Our new booth went up with ease and looked great. Thanks to all who helped at the booth, Rev. Fred L Hammond, Chuck Wolfe, Carol Bartz, Ed Kobee, Al Usack, Linda Marshall, Bernita Franzel, and AJ Wolff, with a special thanks to Bernita’s son, Hugh Grogan, for getting the new tent up and down and Karen Salzinger for getting the brochures ordered and labeled.


MUUF members took turns at the booth giving away pamphlets and souvenirs, answering questions and welcoming visitors.
Rev. Dee Graham, our former minister, participated in the opening ceremonies.







MUUF booth at Manatee Pride was a great success with the new little bubble machine drawing attention to the booth delighting young and old. We spent the day chatting with people of all ages, handing out 200 Welcoming brochures along with candy, bracelets with MUUF website on them and mini rainbow flags with sticker giving website site and Facebook info. It was a very well attended event and our visibility was appreciated. There were many special moments of connection like when a young person came up to us all smiles and told us how they were raised UU. There was an opening Inter Faith prayer service where Rev. Dee Graham, our former minister, was a participant along with other clergy. Thanks to the volunteers, Carol Bartz, Chuck Wolfe, Bernita Franzel, Misty Stolze, Leslie Roell, Bobbi Bordeaux, Becky Smith, Ed Kobee, and Al Usack. Thanks to Chris Mac Cormack for providing our tent bringing, setting it up and taking it down. And especially to AJ Wolff for organizing it all.

Gay Pride is sponsored by PRISM which we support by special collection each year. In 2015 we hosted PRISM for their Saturday meetings until a permanent location was found. Information about PRISM can be found at:  

Here is a brief note written by AJ Wolff for our Newsletter.

“Prism Youth Initiative is a cause dear to my heart. I wish there had been such a place for my cousin in our youth when he tried to commit suicide because he was a transgender. Luckily it was a failed attempt, but a cry for help that was never really addressed. Today we talk about LGBTQ Equality but it is still very challenging to be a LGBTQ youth in these times.”



 The Festival is a fund raiser for Prism Youth Initiative, with dozens of vendors selling food and t-shirts, with churches and community organizations giving out information. There was reported 4,000 people in
attending, enjoying the celebration.

The inspiring opening ceremony was led by the Progressive Clergy of Manatee County with Rev. Dee Graham and five other clergy sharing the stage. This was followed by an afternoon of entertainment by local musicians and performers.

The MUUF booth was well visited where we quickly ran out rainbow bracelets printed with the MUUF website on them. We did have enough brochures for the day with lots of conversation and inquiries.   



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Thanks to all who helped at the booth, Rev. Dee Graham, Gary Chanco, Chuck Wolfe, Leslie Roell, Carol Bartz, Ed Kobee, AJ Wolff, Terry Bryan and Becky Smith. A special thanks to Chris McCormack for the use of her tent and Karen Salzinger for getting our brochures typed and printed.


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After packing up our Gay Pride paraphernalia, we lugged it all down in a misty rain to the festival site at the Bradenton Riverwalk. As we set up the tent, the rain strengthened and poured. We got wet, the flyers and decorations got wet, our Banner got wet and colors ran as the photo shows. We were still hopeful, but the drenching rain would not stop. About 1 pm we packed up and said sad farewell to Valerie Fisher, President of PRISM, sponsor of the event. 


A beautiful day enjoyed by all. This Gay Pride event had food, music, dancing by our own, with lots of talk, give a ways and reunions with old friends. Click on a picture to see an enlarged slide show.


This year all we had were the basics.  In time we had a tent, two flags, a banner, Standing on the Side of Love banner, give-a-way rainbow bracelets. We grew as the festival grew. One of the MUUF members in this picture has been to all four events.

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