A group that plans to establish a gay pride center in Lodi will have an organizational meeting on Sunday to discuss possible locations for the pride center and a mission statement for the organization.
The meeting of Lodi-area gays and their family members, friends and allies will begin at 1 p.m. at the Lodi Public Library community room, 201 W. Locust St. The meeting is open to the community as long as "peace, love, unity and respect are practiced," according to group organizers.
The organization will meet either once or twice a month, said David Nielsen, one of the leaders of the group.
Other topics will include:
- A code of conduct and boundaries. For example, the group is not a dating service, Nielsen said.
- A name for the organization, plus establishing a board of trustees so the group can file for nonprofit status with the state.
- Community outreach.
- Planning a picnic at Lodi Lake and attending this year's San Francisco Pride Parade.
- Establishing a packet of resources for newcomers to the community. These include contact information with the San Joaquin County Fair Housing Commission and the county AIDS Foundation.
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