People walking in parade with pride banner.
By Laura Comstock

UNM Truman Health Services Selected as Pride Parade Grand Marshal

 The 47th annual Albuquerque PrideFest has selected The University of New Mexico Truman Health Services as grand marshal of this year’s Pride Parade taking place Saturday, June 10.

As New Mexico’s premier health provider for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, their families and other allies, UNM Truman Health Services provides a safe medical home with highest level of care and latest treatment options for New Mexicans living with HIV, requiring gender services, seeking Hepatitis C testing and treatment and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Albuquerque’s PrideFest is one of the oldest Pride celebrations in the United States. The parade celebrates the historic 1976 march in Nob Hill and is the second largest parade in New Mexico. UNM Truman Health Services will lead floats, classic cars, motorcycles, horses, dancers and supporters as they march through the Uptown neighborhood.

"For many years, Truman has been a part of the Albuquerque Pride tradition. By marching, testing and uplifting the community year-after-year, Pride and Truman have been partners, making a difference in our community,” said Craig LaBerge-Esparza, community health resources manager at UNM Truman Health Services.

“Being the Grand Marshal for the 2023 Pride Parade is an honor our entire team is so proud of. We are excited to help lead the parade down Central Avenue for its 47th year.”

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 10 a.m.

Parade route: Central Avenue and Wellesley Drive to San Mateo Boulevard

Other ways to support: UNM Truman Health Services works hard to better the lives of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many times, the clinic’s funding does not cover all patient necessities.

Click here to help support Truman’s mission.

The team at Truman Health Services uses a holistic approach that supports all patients’ medical, social and mental health needs.

Services include:

  • Care and treatment of HIV
  • Transgender health and wellness
  • Hepatitis C testing and treatment
  • Counseling and other behavioral health services

According to Celina Herrera, health education coordinator for UNM Truman Health Services, PrideFest is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the clinic’s staff and their patients.

“I can’t imagine a Pride celebration without Truman,” Herrera said. “Every June, I look forward to picking out a wig, slapping on some glitter and getting ready to march. It’s become a tradition.”

For additional information about UNM Truman Health Services or to schedule an appointment, contact the clinic at 505-272-1312.

June 4-10: LGBTQ Pride Parade/Festival

June 15, 4-6 p.m.: Transgender Cultural Fluency with Adrien Lawyer, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Director of Education

June 27, noon to 1 p.m.: LGBTQ+ Pride Month Trivia

For more information on these events, click here.

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