06 May 2006

Gay Pride Rockland

There's this really great organization, called "Gay Pride Rockland." It's kind of like Heritage of Pride, the people who organize the NYC Pride festivities. But they go a bit beyond that, because they're sponsored by the Volunteer Counseling Services of Rockland County's Community Change Project.

The director of the organization, Phyllis, shares my same last name. She's a sister, of course, but since we share the same surname, we're really related somehow. She's a really great person, very warm, caring, loving, and giving of herself.

I used to be on the planning committee for Gay Pride Rockland, but then I had my car accident. I went to Gay Pride the year of my car accident, and I went again in 2004, but I wasn't able to make it there last year. At the moment, I can't recall the reason why I was unable to attend last year's pride event.

Even though I'm not a Rockland County resident, I have a few friends who live in Rockland and I enjoy going to their pride event. This year, Rockland Pride will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2006, and I plan on being there.

While the actual pride "event" will be on Sunday, June 11, over the years, Rockland Pride has grown from a one-day event into an entire weekend of events. And now, it looks like they're going year-round. Kudos to them, and to all our brothers and sisters out there.