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.
Since our founding in 2017, Monterey Peninsula Pride has created space to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and facilitate collective healing through our Out and Proud Celebration and Parade. Each year, over 2,000 LGBTQ+ identifying citizens and allies gather in historic downtown Monterey to take part in our weekend of Pride events. Our organization is 100% volunteer led and works to unify diverse sectors of our community including LGBTQ+ organizations, elected officials, healthcare providers, mental health advocates, educators, artist collectives, local businesses, and religious congregations. In 2022, we saw more participation than ever before, signaling a growing need to increase our presence and service to the citizens of Monterey County.
This year was my first time volunteering with Monterey Peninsula Pride, and it’s been really sweet to not only make some new friendships, but learn more about where there are opportunities for even more LGBTQ+-focused community-building in the Monterey Bay area. Even if you’ve lived in a place for years, finding the LGBTQ+ folks in your own community can be tough or sort of hidden and invisible, so this has been a really great way to meet others in our community who share similar identities and experiences. From the parade, to the celebration event, after party, and the Out and Proud Rainbow Panel, as well as the way people have been reaching out to express their love and gratitude to me personally and the organization since, I’m still experiencing the after-glow from the event days later!
- Mandy Owen