‘Pride in the Foothills’ premiere celebrates LGBTQ+ and their allies in Glendora – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Event organizers from Glendora Forward welcome the community to the first “Pride in the Foothills” celebration, 4-8 p.m., June 24, at Gladstone Park, 600 E. Gladstone Ave., Glendora. Left to right, Kelly DeLaPeza; Monica Garcia; Marco Villa; Joan Twohey-Jacobs; Julie Porter; Nicole Bliss; Mallory Buril; Helen Glaze; Jennifer King; Alisa Economou. (Photo courtesy of Sena Zimmer)

All are welcome to the “Pride in the Foothills” celebration taking place from 4-8 p.m. on June 24 at Gladstone Park, 600 E. Gladstone Ave., Glendora. Bring umbrellas, blankets, food, drink and games, and a spirit to celebrate LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) for Pride Month.

The name of the event is a play on the town’s slogan, “Pride of the Foothills”.

“The city recently updated Gladstone Park Playground with a new inclusive design for children of all abilities, which, along with its central location, makes it the perfect space to host this celebration,” said Mallory Buril, member of the board of directors of the organizer Glendora Forward.

Glendora Forward is made up of parents, families and other community members, all proud residents of Glendor “who appreciate the strength and traditions of our town, but believe that our community can do a better job of fostering inclusion”. Many members have deep roots at Glendora, while others are new transplants.

“‘Pride in the Foothills’ is truly a historic event for Glendora,” said Julie Porter, who sits on the event committee and is a member of the board of directors. “We engaged the community throughout the planning process and received an outpouring of support, partnership and enthusiasm for this celebration.”

“Pride in the Foothills” will feature interactive activities such as face painting, pot painting with the nonprofit Plants 4 the People, a fitness session by LGBTQ-owned Grit & Gratitude Fitness, and a very special performance by Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Food vendors at the Glendora Public Market will be offering ‘Pride Specials’ to people who wish to purchase and bring food to the event.

Angel Hermosillo, CEO of Grit & Gratitude Fitness at Glendora, said she knew her company needed to support the event.

“My wife Britney Rojas and I have been residents of Glendora since 2016,” Hermosillo said. “Pride Month is about highlighting the importance of community, acceptance and equality. Once I learned about the picnic, I knew I had to be part of it! Living in Glendora for the past few years, we have truly fallen in love with our town. Now, knowing that they are hosting a Pride event, we feel the love is mutual. It makes me happy to know that I can live authentically in my own city; that there is love and acceptance in this city we are proud to call home.

Manish Patel of Dog Haus at Glendora Public Market said he wanted to recognize the LGBTQ community, their families and friends.

“At Dog Haus, we’re big supporters of the community and everyone who lives in it, no matter your background, your race, your sexuality, it doesn’t matter,” Patel said. “We all appreciate humans and their need for amazing food. That’s why it was so important for us to be part of this event. As they say at Dog Haus, ‘Share the love!’”

Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn that sparked a movement for liberation, a call to action that continues to inspire us to keep our nation’s promise of equality, freedom and justice for all,” Porter said. .

The launch of this celebration is a chance for people to come together in a place that is safe and inclusive for people of all orientations.

“I hope those who attend can continue to spread love, acceptance, awareness and support for the LGBTQ+ community throughout the year,” Hermosillo said. “I’m so excited about the growth and acceptance I’ve seen both in this city and towards the LGBT+ community as a whole. I don’t know if I could have imagined the progress we’ve made and well that we still have room for more, I’m grateful to be where we are now.

For more information, email julie@glendoraforward.org. glenoraforward.org/blog/pride

Anissa V. Rivera, Columnist, “Mom’s the Word,” Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Azusa Herald, Glendora Press and West Covina Highlander, San Dimas/La Verne Highlander. Southern California News Group, 181 W. Huntington Drive, Suite 209 Monrovia, CA 91016. 626-497-4869.

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