KIRSTY LEE/UNSPLASH

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, which has a health center in Montclair, will be joined by Out Montclair to kick off Pride Month with “Spring Stir,” a virtual celebration of the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, on June 2 at 7 p.m.

The event will have Jodie Patterson as a keynote speaker. Patterson is a nationally recognized activist and acclaimed author of “The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation.” Patterson has recently released her first children’s book, titled “Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope.”

Speaker Bianca Mayes, the associate director of Health Equity for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will join her at the event.

“Out Montclair is delighted and honored to be able to help support this event for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. More than ever, it’s critical that organizations like ours are able to provide the services that vulnerable populations need. Planned Parenthood provides critical, life-saving support and that kind of work should be celebrated and supported, always,” said Peter Yacobellis, president of Out Montclair and a Montclair councilman. “I’m particularly excited to give a toast at the beginning of the program to celebrate Pride Month, and for all of the ways our two organizations will collaborate in the years ahead.”

Other event sponsors include the Human Rights Campaign, Garden State Equality and Hudson Pride.

SAVE MONTCLAIR LOCAL: We need your support, and we need it today. The journalism you value from Montclair Local, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, depends on the community's support — we exist because the old model of selling ads alone just can't fund journalism at the level we endeavor to provide. That's why you've seen other local newsrooms cut back staff or shut down entirely. Montclair Local was created because we believe that's unacceptable; the community's at its best when triumphs are celebrated, when power is held to account, when diverse lived experiences are shared — when the community is well-informed.

Montclair is seeking to raise $230,000 from donors, members and grantors between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to put us on firm footing for 2022, and continue supporting the hard work of our journalists into the new year and beyond. Visit MontclairLocal.news/donations to see how we're doing and make your contribution.

“We began offering Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy in October of 2020 and have watched how this service has truly changed the lives of our patients. They are able to see a future where they live in a body that feels like it belongs to them and that is huge. We want to be sure the LGBTQ+ community in Montclair and beyond know that at Planned Parenthood, we are here for you,” Planned Parenthood’s director of communications and external affairs, Erin Chung, said.

Tickets are available at ppmnj.org and are $10 for general audience and $5 for students.