Target: Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Goal: Commend Rose Queen’s unofficial participation in LGBT parade and allow her to officially participate in future LGBT events
The Rose Queen will participate in the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on May 19 in an unofficial capacity. Commend her for her decision and tell the Tournament of Roses that the Rose Queen should participate in an official capacity in the future.
The Tournament of Roses produces the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl. Each year a high school- or college-aged Rose Queen is also chosen among hundreds of applicants to ride in the parade and to attend events throughout the year. The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade is the third largest in the nation, drawing over 75,000 attendees.
The 17-year-old Rose Queen, Vanessa Manjarrez, made the decision to represent the group SGV Pride with the blessing of the Tournament of Roses, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
“There are more hate crimes directed to the LGBT community,” Manjarrez told the Pasadena Star-News. “I hope that I can add respect and equality that we hope that this community will receive, just as all the other different communities we have, especially here in California.”
Sign the petition below to applaud Manjarrez for her decision and compel the Tournament of Roses to allow the Rose Queen to participate in LGBT events in an official capacity.
Dear Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez and the Tournament of Roses,
Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez has made an important stride in growing the acceptance of LGBT people in the local community by participating in the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade. Thank you, Vanessa, for standing up for the LGBT community by representing SGV Pride. Your community involvement, and your show of tolerance, are exemplary.
There is more, however, that can be done officially with the backing of the Tournament of Roses. It is time to represent the community as a tolerant and progressive place. Allow the Rose Queen to participate in LGBT events in an official capacity, and you will show people across the country that the makers of Rose Parade and Rose Bowl accept and celebrate the LGBT community as well.
Opinions across the nation are changing, starting with people like Vanessa who stand for the rights of the LGBT community. As the U.S. Supreme Court argues the Prop. 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases, it is important that prominent Californians like yourselves show your solidarity.
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