Our purpose is to unite and serve local LGBTQ+ communities by celebrating our histories, pursuing multicultural equity, developing LGBTQ+ leadership, educating ourselves and others, and cultivating alliances.
The Big Idea
Since launching four years ago, Monterey Peninsula Pride has worked to unify and serve the LGBTQ+ community by celebrating histories, supporting LGBTQ+ leadership and providing education. Part of this has included organizing a Pride Celebration event, which is much more than a parade – the goal is to unite the LGBTQ+ community, reclaim visibility and create a space for the queer community with the return of an in-person event in 2022. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are at a higher risk for mental health issues and/or homelessness, and Monterey Peninsula Pride wants to provide not just a declaration that this is an accepting and diverse community, but to support self-healing and access to service providers.
Thank you so much for all your work on this amazing and important event.
Pride not only acknowledges the existence of the LGBTQ+ community but celebrates our history, our accomplishments, and our joy in a very public way. This is such an important antidote to many of the awful narratives that are told about us. Important for the community at large to see but also, it is vital to our youth, many of who still struggle with acceptance and isolation. Seeing all of us and our allies, out and proud, can sometimes be the lifeline they need.
Pride strengthens our families and our community. It shows that we are a loving and accepting community. We want the best for each other and we know that that by lifting up and celebrating one another is how we truly build a healthy and equitable world.
- JT Mason