Arizona Storytellers: Mare Schumacher

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 8:15am
Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:00am
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Mare Schumacher shares a story about her first time participating in a civil rights protest.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

In 1993, Mare Schumacher visited her sister in New York City during spring break. She read in the paper that there was going to be a gay rights protest planned during the next day’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians puts on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year and, at the time, was not allowing gay groups to march with them. Mare's family is into politics and civil rights, so she was excited to go to the protest.

Mare Schumacher is an epidemiologist in Flagstaff.

The next storytelling event is Tuesday, Jan. 31 at South Mountain Community College.

To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect where Schumacher works.

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