Our purpose is to unite and serve local LGBTQIA+ communities by celebrating our histories, pursuing multicultural equity, developing LGBTQIA+ leadership, educating ourselves and others, and cultivating alliances.
Our efforts culminate each year in "Living Out and Proud" Monterey's (only) annual pride parade, celebration and large gathering that brings together allies and the rainbow community together.
Since our founding in 2017, Monterey Peninsula Pride has created space to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and facilitate collective healing through our Out and Proud Celebration and Parade. 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 2023, we saw more participation than ever before, signaling an ever growing need to increase our presence and service to the citizens of Monterey County.
"Monterey Pride was a great way to go out and support my family, friends, and my local LGBTQIA+ community. It was awesome to see how much support there was from so many local organizations, businesses, faith communities, and leaders! Pride made me extra proud to be a part of Monterey's local community."
- Bryan Curl