A Celebration of the 46th anniversary of Stonewall
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Andersen Enrichment Center
(Evening Emcee—Dr. Peter Brian Barry)
6 – 7 p.m. Reception – Lucille Andersen Rose Garden
7 – 8 p.m. Dinner – The Savoy Grill
8 – 9 p.m. Welcome – Chris Lauckner, Perceptions Chair, Leo Romo, Awards Banquet Chair, and Peter Brian Barry
PRIDE Awards – Emcee Dr. Peter Brian Barry
(with Chris Lauckner and Leo Romo)
Plant Fitness, Midland, made national news when it defended the rights of a transgender woman who was a guest that came under attack for using the women’s locker room. The membership of the non-transgender woman who publicly protested, was revoked. Even when she filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness, the company was resolute in its defense of its No Judgment Zone policy. In a public statement, Planet Fitness said all of its 1,000 locations will continue to adhere to the company’s fundamental belief that “members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.” At a time when the transgender community is under great duress, Planet Fitness’ stance is a positive message that taking a stand for social justice can also be a good business decision.
Randy Hasso has lived and worked in suburban Saginaw almost all of his adult life. Over the course of almost 31 years, Randy has generously contributed his time, talents, resources, and treasures to the LGBTQIA and HIV/AIDS communities. In the early 1980s, Randy made and distributed 1,000 pins that honored seven Saginaw Valley men who died of AIDS. With other local people, Randy marched in 1987, 1989 and 1991 for Gay Rights in Washington, D.C. He has been an active and vital member of several organizations, including Dignity Tri-Cities, The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt, Wellness Networks Tri-Cities, and Perceptions Saginaw Valley. He is a tireless leader and is always willing to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work that is so desperately needed to improve the lives of those in the LGBTQIA community, as well as raise awareness in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Through his various positions as officer and board member, Randy is a role model for young people throughout our community. As a frequent host of several fundraising events, including anniversaries and rummage sales, Randy has raised much needed funds in support of the LGTQIA community in our region. According to one longtime friend, “Randy has a wicked sense of humor. We are lucky to have such a kind, friendly person in the Tri-Cities who is gay, out, and lives his pride for himself and others—truly for a lifetime—and is a great example for us all.”
The Savoy Grill
Dr. Peter Brian Barry
2015 Pride Banquet Sponsors
Perceptions’ 2015 Great Lakes Bay PRIDE Festival Committee and YOU!
Perceptions LGBT/Smoking Grant
Russ Inman and Bill Giorgis
Mike’s Wrecker Service
In honor of Dignity Tri-Cities/First Pride Week June 1985
The Savoy Grill
Rick Farrand and Bob Enszer
Harold Lenhart MD and Pamela Blondin
State Representive Vanessa Guerra
In Memory of Lorna Nolan
Rev. Jeff & Jody Liebmann
Leo R. Romo
Tri-Cities for Peace (TCAP)
*Donor Levels: Edie Windsor—$200 or more; Harvey Milk—$100; Ellen De-Generes—$50; Advocate—$25; Patron—$10
WELCOME to the 7th annual Perceptions LGBT & Allies Pride Awards Banquet. Perceptions offers this event to the LGBT community and supporters, and congratulates the honorees for their outstanding contribution toward making a positive impact on the lives of LGBT individuals, as well as helping to educate others on the need to change discriminatory laws and practices in Michigan.
We honor, celebrate, and retell stories of one business and seven incredible people who have shown us that it is possible to reveal, express, and support the needs of the local LGBT community. Through their exam-ples, we are inspired, empowered, and challenged.
We can all make a difference! The honorees give evidence to that fact. I hope, by your attendance, you are moved toward a deeper call to action by stepping out and recognizing ‘we are the possible’.
THANK YOU for attending the 7th Annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Banquet and being part of LGBT and ally history. Times are changing. Same-sex marriages are legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C.
Still, Michigan LGBT individuals can be legally discriminated against in employment, housing and public accommodations. It will continue to be this way until Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act is rewritten to include protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gen-der identity.
I hope tonight’s program will increase your knowledge on the issues and, in the end, inspire you to accept the challenge of doing all that you can do in working toward equality for all people.
Leo R. Romo
Chair, Pride Awards Banquet
Perceptions is a non-profit community organization that offers educational, social and networking opportunists for Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a positive image for the gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies.
Chris Lauckner – Chair
Beth Sibray – Vice-Chair
Dylan Moorehead – Secretary
Greg Gwaltney – Treasurer
Libby Pionk – Trustee
Stacie Wawsczyk -Trustee
Alberto Jimenez – Trustee
Joan Brausch – Trustee
Joel Payne, Charin Davenport, Leo Romo, Amy McDonald, Tim Atkinson, and Ky Miller
Pride Awards Banquet website: Tim Atkinson
Newsletter Editor: Joan Brausch