In 1983, Bob Crow helped found Long Beach Pride, cementing the city’s future as a safe haven of the LGBTQ+ community. Forty years later, the annual event draws more than 80,000 to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and equity.
Crow died on Sept. 29 at the age of 78 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Yesterday, Nov. 11, family, friends and the LGBTQ+ community gathered to celebrate the local icon with a parade along Broadway, through the city’s Gayborhood, ending at Harvey Milk Park.
“Bob’s life, of course, was a testament to the power of purpose — purpose driven by love, by acceptance and by the belief that diversity is the cornerstone of a stronger, healthier society,” Rev. Sunshine Daye said during the public service. “His journey was not just a personal one, … it was a journey of advocacy for a world where everyone is seen and heard and valued for who they are.
“He reminds us that in the face of adversity that love is the most powerful force to break down barriers and build bridges and create everlasting change.”