Grand Marshals 2017
Ally – Rose Wardian
It seems like just yesterday I was asked to be on the Pride Foundation Scholarship review team. More than 20 years later, I still find myself in trenches as an unlikely activist with my LGBTQ family. I am guilty of Moving Equality Forward as the chair of Spokane PFLAG; working with the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Committee for their annual walk to bring more education funds to the area ; and speaking up for Transgender Rights as a member of the WA SAFE Alliance. Standing side by side with this community has cemented in me strength to speak up when I see hate and injustice. I have the courage to challenge ignorance. I have the power to change hearts and minds! I am honored to be a part of this amazing community!
Community – Jenny Seibert
Jenny Seibert was involved with the Add the Words organization in Idaho, where they petitioned Idaho State government to add the words: “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the Idaho human rights act. They were able to get a hearing before the Idaho Senate Committee, and Jenny was one who commented in public. Jenny was also a member of the board of PFLAG in CDA for 15 months. Jenny has been active in the LGBT community in Spokane also, and was chosen by the Bernie Sanders campaign to introduce him at an epic rally. Jenny is active in PFLAG in Spokane, as well as active in progressive political causes. She was also on a team with Cammie, Juli, and Lauren representing North Idaho Pride Alliance at Creating Change a few months ago. They gave a presentation entitled Creating Safe Places and Building Political Power in Rural Communities.
Business – The Law Office of D.C. Cronin
Dennis “DC” Cronin was hired in 1987 out of Spokane Legal Services by his mentor and friend, the late Carl Maxey, from whom he received the moniker “DC”. Carl valued Dennis’ passion and encouraged his commitment for community and professional service. Among his earliest assignments were as General Counsel of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center and the Spokane Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and as a member of the Washington State Bar Association Sentencing and Corrections Committee. Among many other roles throughout the past 32 years, Dennis previously served as Chair of the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission.
In 2003, Dennis founded The Law Office of D.C. Cronin based upon values of hard work, perseverance, and persistence on behalf of those who struggle to access justice. To this day, Dennis carries on the tradition of giving back to the community and currently serves as Chair of the City of Spokane Ethics Commission, as President Elect of the Washington Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and as a member of the Executive Boards of the WSBA LGBT Section, TeamChild, and Northwest Mediation Center, for the past ten years, has served as Chair of the SCBA Family Law Section and is a founding member and Trustee of the SCBA LGBTA Law Section established in 2016.
Dennis’ persistence, his passion for equal justice, and his determination to have the law applied fairly to all is the cornerstone of a career spanning broad spectrums of the law; from the Federal District and Ninth Circuit regarding civil and voting rights, ethics and professional responsibility, labor unions and duty of fair representation, to the Washington State Supreme Court regarding election campaigns and politics, to the Washington State Court of Appeals in the areas of criminal, domestic relations, employment and labor, litigation, juvenile and parental rights.
For over 30 years, Dennis has fought for those whose voices have been silenced, determined to dismantle the barriers to justice for victims of domestic violence, racial injustice, and LGBTQ discrimination.
Thank you, OutSpokane, for this honor, made even more special today as Dennis is joined by two courageous pioneers and longtime friends, Boyd and Forrest, alongside the next generation of legal warriors, the SCBA LGBTA Law Section, celebrating their first official Pride.
We extend our deepest appreciation to OutSpokane, and to the many clients, staff, mentors, peers, agencies and organizations working tirelessly in the pursuit of equitable justice for all.
Persistence for Equitable Justice for All
Because it’s Not Justice ‘til it’s Not Just Us.
Youth – Liam Boyd
Liam is an angel on earth. He is the kindest, most generous, sweetest person I know. Liam is always there to make someone feel better, always there to offer a helping hand, always there to light up the room he stands in. I automatically feel better when he walks through the Odyssey door. He honestly makes the very worst days better. Liam is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. If I tried to list every time Liam has cheered me or anyone else at Odyssey up it would take hundreds of pages to write them all out.