Volunteer RECAP by Volunteer Stephanie Schubert
Love, beauty, and solace are a few words that come to mind when I think back on the OC Pride Fest. I was tabling at the Planned Parenthood booth which was conveniently located right by the dance area and DJ set, giving my observant eyes a wonderful view of the DJ’s colorful hair and the people who moved and grooved on the dance floor.
We encouraged people to sign up to volunteer for us, while offering free candy, glasses, stickers, nail filers, and condoms to anyone who visited our booth. Those who stopped by were nothing but positive and supportive towards us; one woman even approached us to simply say thank you for all the help Planned Parenthood had given her as a young adult.
Beyond our booth, I was able to observe the free-spiritedness of many who came to the event. They exuded confidence, walking and dancing and talking and laughing as if saying, “This is who I am, don’t try to stop me.” The fabulous outfits (my favorite was a crop top shaped like a butterfly) and the rainbows were the cherry on top to a fantastic evening. I felt happy to see everyone feeling free to be who they are, and I especially felt grateful to be part of a county that celebrates the radiance and resilience of the LGBTQ community.
PPOSBC Public Affairs Recap
To prove that #loveislove, over 15,000 joined in solidarity with the LGBT community at OC Pride in Santa Ana this past Saturday, to what may have been the largest OC Pride gathering in recent history.
Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) was beyond proud to be a part of the event to support love and human rights. Orange County is a very conservative area, however the outpouring support from festival goers turned the Orange Curtain rainbow-bright for the day. Roughly 1,000 visitors descended on PPOSBC's pink booth! Staff and volunteers encountered enthusiastic supporters and heard countless stories about the good work the PPOSBC health centers do. Their volunteers were all smiles, as they helped pass out swag, play sex-ed trivia or simply received a thank you from their community.
The bittersweet mood did set in from time to time, when discussing the Orlando Tragedy or the memorial that morning. While tragedy did draw the crowds, it's important to always remember that the work PPOSBC does with local elected officials is vital to protecting the Orange County and San Bernardino communities – in short, act no matter what.
PPOSBC would like to extend a huge thank you to their volunteers and staff that helped them stand in solidarity with their LGBT Community at OC PRIDE 2016!