FIFTH MANATEE GAY PRIDE    2018

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: http://www.prismyouth.org  

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.”

 

FOURTH MANATEE GAY PRIDE    2017  

 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.   

  

 

Click here for more on Gay Pride   https://manateeuuf.org/outreach/welcoming-congregation/

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.

THIRD MANATEE GAY PRIDE  2016

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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. 

SECOND MANATEE GAY PRIDE 2015

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.

FIRST MANATEE GAY PRIDE   2014

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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