Saturday, June 18, 2016

Check-in 11:00 near Monument Square, March 12:00

Every June, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall uprising of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people for their equality, we honor the freedom of all Americans to live without discrimination and the courage of LGBTQ-and-allied people who have gone before us.

Join MUUSAN in a joyful public witness for our First, Second and Sixth UU Principles!

March with us as individuals, or join us with your UU church banner.  MUUSAN has registered and covered the marching fee for any UUs and friends who wish to join us. 

All you need to do is arrive at 11:00-11:15 at our assigned downtown Portland location, which will be announced on the PRIDE Portland website about two days before the parade.   Our spot will be somewhere near Monument Square (upper Preble St., upper Center St. or at the Square itself).

PRIDE is a fully-inclusive, safe, fun intergenerational event.  Families and individuals of all ages are welcome.
  (A PRIDE interfaith service will not be held this year.)

Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, and consider a hat and sunglasses.  Signs, banners and flags are encouraged.


11:00   Check-in time for marchers at assigned location near Monument Square
12:00   Parade starts in Monument Square, ends in Deering Oaks about 45 min. later
1:00-5:00    PRIDE Festival runs all afternoon in Deering Oaks for those who wish to stay and play

The PRIDE Parade starts at Monument Square, proceeds up Congress St. to the Portland Museum of Art, turns right on High St. and heads to the foot of the hill at Park Avenue (close to the Post Office), turns left on Park Avenue and ends at Mellen St., where we turn into Deering Oaks and disperse.

Special feature this year:  a MUUSAN Marshal!

MUUSAN's Administrative Coordinator and Allen Avenue UU member BETSY PARSONS will be honored as a 2016 PRIDE Parade Marshal for her role as a co-founding board member of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network in Maine (1996), her many years of service as a fully-out LGBT public school teacher, and her work to develop and support LGBTQ youth leadership for safer Maine schools through Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances (now also called Gender & Sexuality Alliances).  Betsy also helped her district, the Portland Public Schools, become the first Maine public school district to participate in a PRIDE Parade (2015).

She will be joined by Marshals JILL BARKLEY and CHRIS O'CONNOR, honored for their work to save the PRIDE Parade & Festival a few years ago, unite a fragmented southern Maine LGBTQ community, and make PRIDE Portland bigger, more inclusive and more joyful than ever, and

GLAD's MARY BONAUTO, legal champion of LGBT Americans, honored as the pioneer of marriage equality in Massachusetts in 2004 and the leader of the legal team that won marriage equality for the nation at the US Supreme Court in 2015.  In Maine Mary also won adoption rights for lesbian and gay couples, protected transgender rights from legislative rollback, and was a leading strategist in the last three statewide referenda for LGBT civil rights (2005, 2009, 2012).  Mary has also worked quietly with Betsy for many years to improve conditions for LGBTQ students in Maine schools.


WELCOME to all our MUUSAN newcomers!



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