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Livermore Pride to shine next weekend

First event will celebrate diversity in community

Live more, love more, Livermore.

These words sum up a family friendly Livermore Pride event being held to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Livermore and honor the diversity of the community.

Performances will take place from noon to 4 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Bankhead Theater Plaza.

"Likely somebody is going to emcee the event," said Kathy Woofter, who is leading the logistics for Livermore Pride 2019.

She and others have been meeting since March at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church to plan this first event after finding interested people via social networking on Nextdoor.

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"We kind of got tired of going to San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley -- and people are becoming more open-minded every day," Woofter said. "We need a community in our backyard."

Instead of a pride parade, they decided to hold their first event in one location.

"We got a little bit of flack from people who don't like our cause," Woofter noted. "But everyone I spoke to was very much supportive."

The event will include children's activities, a comedian, possibly the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus and Cheer San Francisco. There will also be a drag queen story-time, live music, a community art project and LGBTQ historical trivia.

"Everybody is welcome -- come one, come all and help us celebrate our first Livermore Pride," Woofter said. "Then, after the first of the year, we will begin to plan for next year."

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More information is at www.LivermorePride.org, which will post details of the event as they are finalized.

"Our young people still need to see that they aren't alone in discovering and understanding their identities," the site states. "We strive to have all LGBTQ+ people feel seen and heard as valued members of our community."

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Livermore Pride to shine next weekend

First event will celebrate diversity in community

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 4:49 pm
Updated: Sun, Oct 13, 2019, 8:07 pm

Live more, love more, Livermore.

These words sum up a family friendly Livermore Pride event being held to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Livermore and honor the diversity of the community.

Performances will take place from noon to 4 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Bankhead Theater Plaza.

"Likely somebody is going to emcee the event," said Kathy Woofter, who is leading the logistics for Livermore Pride 2019.

She and others have been meeting since March at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church to plan this first event after finding interested people via social networking on Nextdoor.

"We kind of got tired of going to San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley -- and people are becoming more open-minded every day," Woofter said. "We need a community in our backyard."

Instead of a pride parade, they decided to hold their first event in one location.

"We got a little bit of flack from people who don't like our cause," Woofter noted. "But everyone I spoke to was very much supportive."

The event will include children's activities, a comedian, possibly the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus and Cheer San Francisco. There will also be a drag queen story-time, live music, a community art project and LGBTQ historical trivia.

"Everybody is welcome -- come one, come all and help us celebrate our first Livermore Pride," Woofter said. "Then, after the first of the year, we will begin to plan for next year."

More information is at www.LivermorePride.org, which will post details of the event as they are finalized.

"Our young people still need to see that they aren't alone in discovering and understanding their identities," the site states. "We strive to have all LGBTQ+ people feel seen and heard as valued members of our community."

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