A group of University of New Mexico programs that serve Albuquerque’s LGBTQ community will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion at this year’s Albuquerque PrideFest and Albuquerque Pride parade.

UNM Comes OUT for Pride 2014, a partnership between UNM Truman Health Services, UNM Hospital, the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center and the UNM Queer Straight Alliance, will have a 32-foot float in the 38th annual Pride Parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, on Central Avenue at Girard Boulevard.

UNM Comes OUT for Pride 2014 will also sponsor the UNM Pride Village in the Flower Arts Building at PrideFest at Expo New Mexico, San Pedro SE.

This year’s theme, Reflections of Pride| Stonewall 45, is a tribute to the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to support New Mexico’s LGBTQ community. The Stonewall rebellion in New York City marked a dramatic turning point in the fight against homophobia. Forty-five years later, Albuquerque PrideFest celebrates past achievements and a renewed commitment to the struggle for equal rights.

Since the first Albuquerque Pride march in 1976, the annual event has grown into one of the state’s largest parades, an important part of the effort to change the perception of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Albuquerque PrideFest, held annually in conjunction with the Pride Parade, offers music, food and entertainment.

UNM Truman Health Services has worked with the LGBTQ community since 1985 to help HIV-positive patients manage their illness while educating the public on the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. UNM Comes OUT for Pride 2014  brings together the UNM family in support of the LGBTQ community.

To learn more about UNM Truman Health Services or for information on how to participate in UNM 2014 Pride Village festivities, please contact Michelle Wood at 925-7504 or via email at THSinfo@unmmg.org.