A little desert city known as Albuquerque, in the state of New Mexico, would have its first Gay Pride March in 1976. This book reveals the struggles, victories and celebrations that ensured a Pride event took place every year until 2016. Albuquerque Pride would celebrate 40 years in 2016 declaring Solidarity Through Pride. However, after all the celebrating was done, and the glitter was being swept away, Albuquerque Pride and the world would experience unified together a horrific event that occurred in Orlando, Florida which happened the evening of Albuquerque Pride’s 40th year celebration. This book provides a snapshot of that event and the historical movement that preceded that devastating event. The book is the first of its kind to outline a history of a Pride Movement that took place in a small city continuously for 40 years.
Dr. Paul James (PJ) Sedillo, a native from Albuquerque, received his BA degree in Elementary Ed, from NM Highlands University, Masters in Special Ed. and Doctorate from the University of NM in Special Education with an emphasis in gifted and counseling. His dissertation, A Retrospective Study of Gay Gifted, Young Adult Males’ Perceptions of Giftedness and Suicide, has portions published in Gifted Child Today: Gay Gifted Adolescent Suicide and Suicidal Ideation Literature: Research Barriers and Limitations. He is President of the NM Association for the Gifted, Chair for the NAGC GLBTQ Network, and has introduced Safe Zones in schools state wide and at NMHU. 21 years he was and educator and Resource Teacher for the Albuquerque Public Schools and is currently an assistant professor at NMHU. As an active member in the GLBT community as “out” and a positive role model, activist, he has fought for many human rights issues. These include: 1989-2010 President and Co-President of Albuquerque Pride; 1990 secured job security for all APS employees with a non-discriminatory sexual orientation policy written in all employee contracts; 2003 married legally in Canada and charged discrimination against APS to ensure that Tony Ross and he would become the first same-sex couple in America to received spousal benefits.