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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations


Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations creates spaces for LGBTQ+ people through social events, community partnerships and a scholarship program with the goal of making the Salinas Valley a more inclusive place to live, work and visit.

The Big Idea

At Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations, we understand the importance of safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals to gather, express themselves freely, and build meaningful connections.

Our annual Pride Celebration offers essential services tailored to the LGBTQ+ community, such as rapid HIV testing, Monkeypox vaccinations, and medical resources specifically designed for trans individuals.

We also believe in supporting safe and inclusive spaces for all. Our 2023 LGBTQ+ Friendly Business Directory will serve as a valuable resource, guiding individuals to performance groups, artists, social organizations, health resources, queer-owned businesses, and businesses that proudly identify as LGBTQ+ allies.

SVPC also offers the only LGBTQ+ focused scholarship program in Monterey County. Each year, we are thrilled to increase the number of scholarships awarded, allowing us to support LGBTQ+ individuals who embody the spirit of our mission.

Your support helps us make the Salinas Valley a more inclusive place to live, work, and visit.

Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations, steadily grows in empowering the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the valley. Besides hosting weekly social gatherings, SVPC leaders create fundraising socials which has enabled them to become an official non-profit dedicated to providing scholarships as a way of giving back to the supportive community. SVPC scholarships have not only grown in number but also significantly in value. SVPC reaches out to community groups to participate in the annual SVPC October Pride celebration at Central Park in Salinas. This location is key in enabling everyone in the Salinas Valley to attend via MST, another outreach connection. SVPC empowers new leaders and participants to spark more ideas for welcoming more of our valley’s LGBTQIA+ community.

- Edith Frederick