Long Beach Pride Creates Military Committee For 2015 Pride Event

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Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. is proud to announce their support of the great lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender men and women of our armed forces by creating a Military Committee for this years Pride Celebration, on May 16th & 17th, at Marina Green Park, Long Beach, CA.

For years, Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. (LBLGP, Inc) has been offering free entrance to all military personnel, but this year LBLGP, Inc. is going a step further in support of the courageous soldiers that serve our country by creating a LGBTQ Military Committee. “In the spirit of Pride, it is important that we recognize all LGBTQ community members, especially those that have served and protected our country”, said Denise Newman, LBLGP Co-President. “Creating this committee is just one of the many ways that Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride will be reaching out to service organizations around the country to recognize their commitment and to acknowledge our right to equality”, continued Newman.

The committee idea was created and formed by the Parade Committee, under the direction of Tonya Martin, LGBTQ Advocate. For the first year, the Military Committee will be connecting to all existing and defunct organizations concerned with the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender service members and veterans of national armed forces. All military will be invited to participate at no charge to the 32nd Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival, as well as marching free in the parade. In the future, the committee looks forward to branding new events that continue the support of the LGBTQ military community.

The committee is chaired by Commander William “Bill” Murdoch. Bill has been serving as a commissioned officer in the Navy Reserve for 21 years, with a current rank of Commander. He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marine Engineering and a concentration in Facilities/Power Plant Engineering, and still holds 3rd Assistant Engineer credentials. he is currently serving with the Military Sealift Command in Washington D.C., as a Strategic Sealift Officer. “It is an honor to be on the forefront of service to the LGBTQ military community. We have fought for our country and for our equal rights”, said Commander Murdoch. “I am grateful to Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride for acknowledging my military brothers and sisters”, continued the Commander.

For more information call (562) 987-9191 or e-mail parade@longbeachpride.com if you are a LGBTQ military personnel or veteran, to sign up for the marching parade.

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