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UCSD Turns Out at LGBT Pride Parade
LGBT Resource Center Director Receives Community Service Award

By Ioana Patrigenaru | July 29, 2006

Gay Pride March
UCSD students, staff and faculty marched in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.

One got to ride in a red Buick Wildcat convertible. Another was wearing a kilt and a white T-shirt with a rainbow “no U-turn” sign on it. Many more carried colorful signs with slogans, including “Together Forward,” “Right Way All the Way” and “Equality Ahead.”

Dozens of UCSD staff, students and faculty took part in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade Saturday morning on University Avenue in Hillcrest. They joined a colorful crowd that included gay and lesbian community groups, city officials and several churches.

Shaun Travers, director of UCSD’s LGBT Resource Center, headed the university’s group, perched on the red Wildcat’s back seat. He landed that spot after winning a community service award.

Shaun Travers
Shaun Travers, director of UCSD's LGBT Resource Center, received a community service award and rode in a convertible during the parade.

 “It felt really humbling to be highlighted as one of many who do really good work,” he said.

Travers received the Spirit of Stonewall community service award for his leadership on the UCSD campus and his role on the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council, said Ron deHarte, executive director of San Diego Pride. The award goes to up-and-coming leaders within the LGBT community, deHarte said.

 “We’re just pleased to see that Shaun was recognized,” deHarte said. “We appreciate his service not only to students on campus, but to the community overall.”

The award takes its name from the 1969 Stonewall gay rights riots in New York City.

Saturday morning, marchers followed Travers and made their way to University Avenue from a staging area on nearby Normal Street. Richard LaClair-Zoehrer, director of the campus research rachine shop, was the one wearing a kilt, a salute to his grandfather, who was Scottish, he explained. LaClair-Zoehrer said he has taken part in the parade for the last 13 years. He has been with his partner, Ed LaClair-Zoehrer, for 14. The two joined in a civil union in Vermont in 2001. Richard said he’d like to go further.

“Hopefully, some day I’ll be able to marry my partner,” he said.

UCSD Student
Student Kristine Dougherty helped decorate a UCSD shuttle that was part of the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade Saturday morning in Hillcrest.

Meanwhile, Kristine Dougherty, a fourth-year biochemistry and cell-biology major, said she had turned out to support her friends and be involved in the community. Kade Brittain, a third year psychology major, said he decided to take part in the parade after coming out recently. He also is really involved with the campus’ LGBT Resource Center, he said.

Closing UCSD’s ranks were the campus’ pep band, as well as a shuttle, which marchers had decorated earlier in the morning.  The parade’s theme this year was “Equality! No Turning Back!” So the shuttle bore two big “one way” signs on its sides, as well as a rainbow-colored “no U-turn” sign on its hood. Before the parade, a marcher left a sign on the hood. It read: “Equality Now."

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