Central Coast Pride Announces 25th Anniversary Calendar of Events
Local pride events scheduled in May and June
–Central Coast Pride has announced the launch of its 25th Anniversary Pride Celebration “Strong. Proud. Uni. ”Is now scheduled to run throughout May through June, which is National LGBTQ Pride Month. This marks a change from past celebrations that traditionally took place in July and allows for a greater student participation.
This year, Central Coast Pride is a committee of the Gala Pride & Diversity Center, a local 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, working in partnership with LGBTQ Campus Life (PRIDE) at California Polytechnic State University. Cal Poly Pride student and ambassador Ila Moncrief chairs the committee. The Gala Pride and Diversity Center and LGBTQ Campus Life strive to support and empower people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions to strengthen and unite the Central Coast community. The events outlined in the calendar aim to increase the visibility, connectivity, leadership and talent of the local and allied LGBTQ community on the Central Coast.
This year, as a precaution, many events will be taking place virtually and all in-person activities will be conducted with masks and under social distancing guidelines set by local public health authorities. Central Coast Pride invites community members to celebrate, honor and promote the visibility of the local LGBTQ community in the way most comfortable for them.
This year’s celebration includes a number of month-long events, such as a Secret Pride menu that features exclusive menu options from some favorite Central Coast restaurants; a pet photo contest sponsored by the Pismo Beach veterinary clinic featuring local pride pets with categories for cat, dog, other live animal or non-organic (submit by May 16) ; a strong. Proud. Uni. ”Hathway sponsored art exhibit that can be viewed at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center by appointment; an online pride resource fair where the public can learn about local organizations; and an art project in “Love Notes” class with Pride Center art curator Lynn Schmidt for installation in June at Mission Plaza.
During Pride Week, May 16-23, events you can attend include:
Sun May 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Pride Talks – An informative pre-recorded talk-style event with the aim of highlighting the stories, experiences and knowledge of LGBTQ + members of the community and sharing those experiences with others. One-on-one discussions will take place between noon and 4 p.m. with a live chat broadcast at 4 p.m. The programming includes:
● “Education: the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. with Jessica Lynn
● “The Kinky Activist” with Serrina Ruggles
● “Where Language Ends” with Kris Gottlieb
● “Surviving High School” with Kamela Proulx
● “GSA clubs and their importance for young people” with Lillith Byllesby
● “National and Local History of LGBTQ + Pride” with Michelle Call and Doug Heumann
● “Queer Crip: At the Intersection of Queerness and Disability” with Bailey Hamblin
● “Tale of two minds: an Undocu chicana by Whittier” with Erika Sarmiento
● “The impact of diet culture on queer body image” with Elissa Dehart
● “You Are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made – Our Spiritual Journeys as LGBTQ + Individuals” with Reverend Rob Keim
Mon May 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● LGBTQ Fair – This fair is an opportunity to join the Board of Directors and staff of the Gala Pride & Diversity Center for a meeting and a social hour.
● Caravan of Cars – Take part in a parade through downtown San Luis Obispo to kick off Pride Week. Decorate the vehicles in advance or join United Staffing Associates at 6 p.m. to decorate the vehicles with the supplies provided. The parade will follow a designated route through downtown San Luis Obispo starting at 7 p.m. and concluding with snacks at Skipper’s Brew and SLO Provisions. Download the map here.
Tuesday, May 18, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● Spanish Language Fair – This fair is an opportunity to join other members of the Spanish speaking community for a meet and greet and social hour.
● Game Night – Audiences are invited to join Central Coast Pride and Rob Ferre, a professional DJ, master of ceremonies and host, for an evening of laughter and fun in the best game show ever. Watch Rob build up the crowd’s energy and encourage participation in an interactive night focused on some of his favorite games, including; Minute to Win It, Jeopardy, Family Feud, Name That Tune, Finish that Lyric, Lip Sync, Air Guitar, Dance Off, custom games and more.
Wed, May 19, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● Youth Fair – This fair is an opportunity to reach other LGBTQ youth and allies in San Luis Obispo County.
● Youth Night (24 and under) – Join Cal Poly and Cuesta Pride students in this 24-and-under gathering for an evening of cartoons, discussions and LGBTQ + hangouts.
Thursday May 20, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● Nonbinary 101 – Join the Gender Equity Center at Cal Poly for a two-part workshop focusing on the experiences of non-binary identities. Each workshop is two hours long and will cover introductory themes on the gender spectrum, presentation, differences and similarities with binary transgender people, intersections with other social identities, and alliance practices. The second part will take place on May 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
● Trans Lounge – This fair is an opportunity to join Tranz Central Coast to learn more about the transgender and heterogeneous communities of San Luis Obispo County. It is a meeting and a social hour.
● An Evening with Tranz Central Coast – Join Tranz Central Coast to create two short videos about being transgender on the Central Coast. After the videos, there will be a round table.
Fri, May 21, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● Seniors Fair – This fair is an opportunity to reach out to LGBTQ seniors and allies in San Luis Obispo County, as well as representatives of the Central Coast Queer Archive Project. This includes a meeting and a social hour.
● CKCC presents Guy Baldwin (18+ only) – The Central Coast Kink Community presents Guy Baldwin, an American title holder, author and psychotherapist from Los Angeles who was named International Mr. Leather in 1989 and who is the author of Ties that Bind, SlaveCra, and The Leather Contest Guide. This event will include a moderated conversation moderated by Serrina Ruggles.
● DragShow (paid event, 18+ only) – Join Central Coast Pride for their annual “Strong. Proud. United. », Hosted by Juicy CW. This event will spotlight some of Central Coast’s top drag and burlesque artists such as Queerlee, Jota Mercury, Nala Diamond, Eve Riot, Skinny Mocha, Foxy Moron, Cleo Van Scarlett, Bessie Snow, Pussy Grime and DJ Suz of Santa Maria. This event will also be broadcast live on Libertine Brewing Co in San Luis Obispo. Buy your tickets on www.slopride.com.
Sat, May 22, 11 a.m. – midnight
● Take-Out Art Kits – The San Luis Obispo Art Museum (SLOMA) celebrates PRIDE with a free take-out art activity. Visit the Mission Plaza Lawn near SLOMA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last.
● Livestream Concert (paid event) – Join Central Coast Pride for our 25th Anniversary Livestream Concert featuring various musicians from across the Central Coast including DJ Mikie Orange, Leia O’Brian, Date Night with Nick and Jill Bilich, Jill Knight and Her Band (sponsored by Spirit Winds Physical Therapy), Declan Galli, Simple Harmonic Motion, That’s the Key, Brynn Albanese, Wryn, Not Thomas Edison and ITF. This event will also be broadcast live on Libertine Brewing Co in San Luis Obispo. Buy your tickets on www.slopride.com.
Sun, May 23, 1:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
● Multi-Faith Service – Join Central Coast Pride at 1:30 p.m. and many LGBTQ and Affirmative clergy, lay leaders and practitioners of Central Coast faith and spiritual traditions who draw strength from their intersectional lives in this multi-faith service of pride.
● Pride in the Park – Join the faculty and staff association of Cal Poly Pride for a social distance outdoor get-together at Meadow Park! It’s a BYOE (bring your own all) event. Bring a chair / blanket, a drink and a snack to enjoy.
● Pride’s Got Talent – Join Central Coast Pride and hosts Rick Castle and Mr. Sparkles for this year’s Talent Show. During this event, community members from across the Central Coast who will compete for prizes
“Central Coast Pride is so much more than these individual events and programs,” says Samuel Byrd, vice president of the Gala Pride & Diversity Center. “For many members of the LGBTQ community, PRIDE represents times when members of our community can be fully themselves and openly – and safely – express their identity and culture. The lack of physical spaces for LGBTQ people in the Central Coast community is one of the main issues facing our community. In addition, due to this pandemic, the absence of these few spaces that we have has been strongly felt by many members of our community, exacerbating the already vast disparity that exists. As we come together this year, whether virtually or in these limited ways, I want to remind everyone in our LGBTQ community and those who stand in solidarity with us that you are never alone and we always are. connected as a community. If you need resources, help, or just a friendly contact, please reach out to any member of the Central Coast Pride Committee, Board of Directors, or staff and volunteers of either. cultural center, and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with whatever you need during this difficult time.
–Submitted by Central Coast Pride