What a day of Pride, Community and Love yesterday at GP Pride March by We GP! Thank you to each and everyone who joined us yesterday. Together we send a powerful message that Love is Love in GP and that we stand for LGBTQ+ Equality.
This powerful day was possible because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Thank you Carly Copus for your incredible sponsor recruiting, flag distribution, getting the word out, coordinating printing and so much more.
Thank you Sarah Kathryn for lending your expertise and talents to ensure our vendors were organized and well taken care of. Thank Tricia Tricia Thompson for running ribbon all over town, making our community beautiful, organizing marshals and for your generous donation. Thank you Claire Pfeifer for handling all of the needs for the face painting team from start to finish, the kids at the march really loved it. Thank you Caroline Jeffs Marks for your awesome PR work, we had pre-march coverage in 3 newspapers and there will be more to come.
Thank you Paul M. Abke and Kathleen Marie, float engineers, drivers, hosts and emergency repair team, the first ever Pride Float added so much to the day. Thank you Tamm Whitty for directing the beautiful Pride Choir, your joyful noise lifted us in community. Thank you Amy Glennon Steinhauser for your hours of design work that helped define Pride March 2019. Thank you Andrea Stevenson Eskridgee for providing water and running the rock painting table, the kids loved it, and finding the rocks will keep the message of the day ongoing.
Thank you Valarie St. John for organizing military families to recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community who serve our country. Thank you Janie Slayden for hanging hundreds of fliers and delivering flags all over town and for all your work on the We GP newsletter. Thank you Aimee Fluitt for delivering flags and hanging fliers throughout town. Thank you Amy Elizabeth for flier help and late night and early morning heavy lifting for set up and tear down with Annemarie Rogers and Marybeth Clark Arnold. Thank you Pennie Garcia for set up, delivering, inspiration and all your unsung hero work for GP Pride.
Thank you Rach Elizabeth for the water station along the route. Thank you to all the marshals and all the folks who jumped in to help as they saw a need. Thank you Adam Steiner for providing all the printing needs for the day. Thank you John F. Martin for recruiting the coolest block in GP and for your beautiful photos capturing the spirit of the day. Thank you Joe Guido for spending your morning leading the way with your truck. Thank you to all the folks who signed hundreds of postcards we will be delivering to Lansing to help BAN conversion therapy.
Our Sponsors made GP Pride 2019 possible and we encourage everyone to show your appreciation for our sponsors by patrionizing their business and thanking them when you are there. Thank you to our Vendors and Community Organizations for providing delicious treats, advocacy opportunities and more.
Thank you to Richard Yeager-Stiver for opening our day with your beautiful message of love. Thank you to the Montgomery family for supporting us in sharing Jeffrey’s story as we honor the foundation of the LGBTQA+ movement. Thank you Micheal Rowady for all your work advocating for the LGBTQ+ community with Equality Michigan and brining your inspiring message to GP Pride. Thank you Sierra Misst for coming home, for sharing your story, your talents and your message of Pride and Hope that transcended the generations of attendees. Your hometown debut was a smashing success!
Thank you to the Board and Members of We GP for all your hard work building an organization that is making meaningful change in our community. While the celebration is over, the work continues. To stay in touch with what is happening with WE GP sign up for our email newsletter (www.we-gp.org/subscribe) If you enjoyed the day and would like to be part of shaping our work moving forward join us a member (https://we-gp.org/join-us) or make a one time donation to support We GP (https://we-gp.org/Donate)