Long Beach Pride Founders Marilyn Barlow, Bob Crow, and Judith Doyle Honored by Mayor

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On Friday, May 3rd, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride & The Center Long Beach hosted the 3rd Annual Evening with Mayor Bob Foster in Celebration of the 30th Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival. At the event, Long Beach Mayor, Bob Foster recognized the founders of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride by presenting them with the key to the City. The founders are Marilyn Barlow, Bob Crow, and Judith Doyle.

The “Key to the City” is bestowed upon distinguished persons and honored guests of the City of Long Beach. The practice of presenting a key to an individual may be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. The key symbolized free entry. In Long Beach, the act of giving the Key of the City is symbolic, since the city has no gates to unlock.

The presentation honors outstanding civic contributions of the recipients. “The founders have gone against enormous oppositions, homophobia, and sacrifice but it did not deter these three leaders. It is with great honor that I recognize the achievements of these extraordinary trail blazers,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “These core individuals are true pioneers that have paved the way for younger generations and it is because of them that we can be proud of the diversity and inclusiveness of our community.”

In 1983 the founders of Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride (LBLGP) Marilyn Barlow, Bob Crow, and Judith Doyle set out on a quest to make a political stand for equality and change. For the Gay community of Long Beach their mission was to break the shackles of oppression of homophobia in the community and the general population. “It is a true tribute to be recognized by Mayor Foster. After all the trails and tribulations, this is a great honor and it shows that our City is on the forefront of equality”, said Founder Bob Crow.

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