Santa Cruz -- This year's Santa Cruz Pride proclamants and Grand Marshals transcend from the traditional and focus on often neglected trailing letters of the LGBTQ acronym: bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. Proclamations this year go to Alisun Thompson and Reverend Tino Cordova. This year’s Grand Marshals are Jennifer Hastings, M.D & Alejandra Santiago.
As a newly elected Board Member for Santa Cruz City Schools, Alisun has maintained her commitment to ensure that the K-12 schools in the City of Santa Cruz are safe, welcoming and celebratory places for all our children to thrive in, and particularly for youth who identify as LGBTQ.
Reverend Tino Cordova
As the only openly gay reverend in Watsonville, Tino Cordova has been a staunch and outspoken leader for LGBTQ rights and acceptance in many social service and religious organizations throughout Watsonville and the entire County.
Jennifer Hastings, M.D.
Dr. Hastings founded the Transgender Health Care Program in Santa Cruz at the Westside Planned Parenthood in 2005, and her more recent work there (among her ongoing duties as a general Family Practice Physician) has been focused on projects increasing access and services for trans youth.
Alejandra Santiago is the transgender woman who spearheaded the transgender program at the Westside Health Center in Santa Cruz. She works closely as a Medical Assistant with Dr. Jennifer Hastings improving access for all transgender persons to health services.
Pride will also have a Bisexual march contingent and community information booth this year - something that has been missing for several years.
About Santa Cruz Pride
Every first Sunday in June, the Santa Cruz County community joins with the voices of LGBTQ communities and their allies around the world in celebration of Pride Month. The Santa Cruz
Pride Parade & Festival, one of the oldest continuously operating Pride celebrations in the world, has been made possible for 40+ years because of the ongoing support and contributions of time, talent, and treasure by the residents of Santa Cruz County.
Find out more, and keep up to date with events as June 7th approaches, on their website:
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Pride is accepting donations to support the March and Festival via a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign at: