(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1524-E1525]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. LYNN C. WOOLSEY

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Spectrum LGBT Center 
on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Located in Marin County, CA, 
Spectrum has been a leader and an integral part of the community for 
three decades.
  With a mission ``to promote acceptance, understanding, and full 
inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,'' 

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has engaged in mobilizing and advocating for people who are LGBTQ, 
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning, and their friends, 
families, and supporters.
  Founded by the Reverend Jane Spahr in 1982 as a support program for 
LGBT youth in Marin, Spectrum has grown under the leadership of current 
director Paula Pilecki. The agency now provides programs for seniors, 
counseling, advocacy, training, and public awareness and coordinates 
with organizations around the North Bay. This year, it launched the 
Spectrum LGBT Equality Pledge for businesses and professional 
organizations that want to show their support.
  Mr. Speaker, thanks to organizations like Spectrum LGBT Center, we 
have seen progress over the last 30 years in rights for LGBTQ 
individuals. There is still much work to do, and we will continue to 
rely on Spectrum until full equality is achieved. Congratulations to 
Paula Pilecki and the staff at Spectrum on their 30th anniversary.