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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Conducts Marriage Ceremony for Bob Crow and Tony Almeida
Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster performed the marriage ceremony for Long Beach residents Bob Crow and Tony Almeida at Harvey Milk Park.  Bob and Tony have been together for 18 years. This was the first gay marriage ceremony the Mayor has ever performed.

 

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob pins on Mayor Foster’s boutonniere. Bob is one of the co-founders of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Inc.

 

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Tony Almeida (far left) and Bob Crow (center) speak with Mayor Foster before their marriage ceremony.

 

 

Bob Crow Tony Almeida

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob Crow Tony Almeida

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob and Tony exchange rings.

 

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

 

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Bob Crow Tony Almeida wedding

Mayor Foster fills out the marriage license for Bob and Tony after the ceremony.

 

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Decision
Pride

 

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

 

“Today is a monumental day that will change, for the better, the lives of friends and families throughout our great State and makes our Nation stronger.”

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Celebrates the Grand Opening of Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza
Harvey Milk Park

Mayor Bob Foster and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia celebrated the grand opening of the Harvey Milk Promenade Park and dedication of Equality Plaza.

 

“The Harvey Milk Promenade Park is an example of how a small, well designed open space can transform its surroundings and provide a profound purpose, “ said Mayor Bob Foster. “The park also serves as a place where visitors can learn about Harvey Milk and our very own Long Beach leaders who battled incredible odds for the rights of the LGBT community.”

 

Named after the late Harvey Milk, a San Francisco Supervisor and celebrated LGBT civil rights leader who was fatally shot while in office, the park features new signage, landscaping and enhanced paving, special lighting, seating and community chess tables.

 

“I’m proud that we are opening the first park in Long Beach named after an openly gay person, and the first park in the nation named after civil rights leader Harvey Milk,” said Vice Mayor Garcia. “The focal point of the park is Equality Plaza, an area dedicated to recognizing local area LGBT leaders and their contributions to Long Beach and the gay civil rights movement.”

 

The plaza includes a concrete replica of the soapbox on which Milk stood to inspire crowds when he spoke, and a 20-foot flagpole to fly the gay pride flag.

 

Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California, and the first gay male elected official in American history. He brought mainstream attention and support to the LGBT movement with his courage and commitment to social justice.

 

In 1978 Supervisor Milk came to Long Beach where he passionately encouraged people to campaign against a California initiative that sought to bar gays and lesbians from working in public schools. Shortly thereafter, on November 27, 1978, Supervisor Milk and Mayor George Moscone were shot to death by a former supervisor who had recently resigned from the Board of Supervisors.

 

The Park also brings new prominence to “Long Beach Recreation,” a historic Works Progress Administration (WPA) mosaic mural, located at the northern terminus of The Promenade in Harvey Milk Promenade Park. The monumental mosaic illustrates many local activities and pays homage to its original location at the former Municipal Auditorium (now home to the Convention & Entertainment Center). Originally installed in 1938, the mosaic was saved from demolition and installed at CityPlace in 1982.

 

Funded by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), the Park is part of the third and final phase of The Promenade Master Plan, which incorporated pedestrian-oriented improvements on the three blocks of The Promenade from Ocean Boulevard to the north side of 3rd Street, transforming a stark, underutilized, concrete pedestrian walkway and performance venue into a safe, friendly, and beautiful space for residents, visitors and business people in the Downtown to enjoy.

 

The Promenade Master Plan included upgraded storm drains, new landscaping, lighting and traffic signals, gateway signage, community chess tables, a dog rest area, bike racks and public art. Three new residential projects have been developed and multiple businesses have opened along The Promenade, along with a new and expanded Bikestation Long Beach.

 

The Promenade Master Plan Improvements has succeeded at improving the pedestrian experience along these three blocks – providing safety, increasing aesthetic appeal and supporting a vibrant Downtown.

 

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Equality Plaza – Honorees

Robert Crow – Co-Founder and Current Co-President, Long Beach PRIDE

Ray Lowen – Founding member of The Center; Activist and Artist

Patty Moore – Former Chair and Assistant Director, The Center; Longtime Activist

Michael Noll – First openly gay Signal Hill Councilmember; The Center Board

Frank Rubio – Former President, Current Vice-President, Long Beach PRIDE

Ellen Ward – Signal Hill Councilmember, Former Executive Director AIDS WALK

 

Posthumous

Pastor Michael Cole – Founder, Christ’s Chapel Long Beach;

Founder, AIDS Food Store

Ellen “Mary” Martinez – 25-year member of Long Beach PRIDE;

Board Member, The Center

Jean Harris – Former Executive Director,

California Alliance for Pride and Equality; Political Leader

 

 

 

Harvey Milk Park

 

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Mayor and Vice Mayor stand on a replica of the soapbox that Harvey Milk was known for.

Harvey Milk Park

 

Harvey Milk Park

 

Harvey Milk Park

©2010 Bob Foster
Pride Parade 2013
Pride Parade

 

 

Mayor Foster was on hand to help celebrate the 30 years of the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade.

 

Mayor Foster with Sarah Rice, Female Community Grand Marshal.

Mayor Foster with Sarah Rice, Female Community Grand Marshal.

 

Pride Parade

 

 

 
 

Pride Parade

 

 

Pride Parade

Mayor with Councilmember James Johnson.

Mayor with Councilmember James Johnson.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Candlelight Vigil for Marriage Equality
Candlelight Vigil

Mayor Bob Foster joined more than 100 residents and community leaders at a candlight vigil at City Hall’s Centennial Plaza.  The gathering was to show support for marriage equality.  Vice Mayor Garcia, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, and Councilmember James Johnson were also in attendance.

Candlelight Vigil

Left to right: Vice Mayor Garcia, Mayor Foster, Councilmember Johnson and Cory Allen from State Senator Ricardo Lara’s office.

 

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.

©2010 Bob Foster
Pride Flag flies over Long Beach City Hall
Pride Flag

Mayor Foster adds his name to the Courage Campaign’s California Mayors United Against Proposition 8

 

 

Mayor Bob Foster and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia raised the Pride flag over Long Beach City Hall this morning.  Several members of the Long Beach LGBT community were also present during the short ceremony.

 

Mayor Foster joined several mayors in the Courage Campaign’s California Mayors United Against Proposition 8 letter to the Supreme Court.

 

The Prop. 8 case will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 26 and a ruling is expected this summer. The Supreme Court will hear the Defense of Marriage Act case on March 27.   Mayor Foster will have the LGBT Pride flag from Pride Inc. flown in City Hall Plaza on both these days.

 

Twenty-six mayors from all over California are currently signed onto the Courage Campaign statement regarding the Hollingsworth v. Perry case. Visit http://act.couragecampaign.org/letter/Prop8Mayors to see the letter to the Supreme Court and the list of mayors.

Pride Flag at City Hall

©2010 Bob Foster
Harvey Milk Promenade Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

Mayor Foster joined Councilmember Robert Garcia, Stuart Milk of the Harvey Milk Foundation and several others at the Harvey Milk Promenade Park groundbreaking ceremony. 

The Harvey Milk Promenade Park is the first park in America to be named after the late Harvey Milk, and the first park in the City of Long Beach named after an LGBT leader.

Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California, and the first gay male elected official in American history, who brought mainstream attention and support to the LGBT movement with his courage and commitment to social justice.

 

Mayor Foster, Stuart Milk and Councilmember Garcia cut a cake in honor of Harvey Milk's birthday.

 

Mayor Foster with Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew and representative of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

 

Nine members of the local LGBT community were also recognized and will be inducted at the Harvey Milk Promenade Park.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Pride Parade, Dirtbags and Kidical Mass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Foster with Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, one of this year’s “Morris Knight” Political Grand Marshal.

 

 

 

 

Mayor with Interval House staff and Ron Sylvester, this year’s male Community Grand Marshal.

 

 

Mayor and Nancy Foster with Angel Mancias (center).

Mayor Foster speaks to one of the Long Beach State baseball players before he throws out the first pitch.

 

 

The Mayor gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Dirtbags game hosted by the Steel Magnolias.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Foster joined the Knolls Ranger at Los Cerritos Park for Kidical Mass.

 

 

Mayor Foster lead the way for the inagural Kidical Mass through Bixby Knolls.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor’s Statement on President Obama’s Support of Marriage Equality

 

“President Obama took a tough stand today and did the right thing by openly supporting marriage equality. Way to go, Mr. President.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s statement on Ninth Circuit’s Prop. 8 ruling

February 7, 2012 – Statement from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster regarding today’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Proposition 8:

“Today’s Ninth Circuit decision is an important step towards marriage equality,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, a long-time supporter of marriage equality.  “To me, this issue is a one of fundamental fairness and it is heartening to see that belief validated by today’s ruling.”

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