San Mateo Insider welcomes guest blogger, Lauren Szyper, Co-Chair at San Mateo County LGBTQQI2S PRIDE Initiative.
On behalf of the San Mateo County PRIDE Initiative, I’m thrilled to announce our fourth annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration on June 4, 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm! Held every June at San Mateo Central Park, PRIDE continues to grow and we are enthusiastic about the County’s response.
Last year, we heard that many people appreciated the ability to celebrate locally rather than having to travel outside the county. We are committed to creating an opportunity for often isolated LGBTQ communities to come together in San Mateo County. San Mateo County is so large and has so many opportunities that many people’s paths never cross. PRIDE helps to break down barriers between us and provides a space to meet new friends, embrace diversity, and celebrate what makes our County such a great place to call home.
Marking the fourth annual event, San Mateo County is showing our commitment to supporting LGBTQ communities and creating a county that welcomes all people. The theme of this year’s PRIDE celebration is “PRIDE without Borders: Embracing Culture and Diversity.” The PRIDE Initiative selected this theme to emphasize the importance of recognizing how culture, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity overlap and affect our community.
We have a fun lineup of entertainment for people of all ages, including music from DJ Char, the rhythms of Sistahs of the Drum, and punk band Muñecas. We also have our queer fashion show by THÚY Custom Clothier, and so much more.
More and more organizations are eager to show their support by sponsoring and tabling at PRIDE. This year, more resource booths, local art, vendors, and food trucks will also be available in addition to a kid space.
We are grateful for our generous sponsors: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, AAA, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, Hilton Worldwide, Congregational Church of San Mateo, Lakin Spears, LLP Attorneys at Law, Community Overcoming Relational Abuse, Kaiser Permanente, and many other important supporters as well as our radio sponsors 95.7 The Game, 96.5 KOIT, R&B 102.9 KBLX, 98.5K Fox, and Q102.1.
Please come out and support this year’s celebration of LGBTQ diversity and bring all of your family and friends.
The Pride Initiative is working with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) in support of the annual Pride Celebration. For more information about PCRC or to make a donation to the Pride Celebration, please visit donatenow.networkforgood.org/pcrc and choose “Pride Initiative (SMC Pride Event)” under “Select a designation.”
Please Note: This is not a City of San Mateo-sponsored event.
About San Mateo County PRIDE Initiative
Established in 2007, the San Mateo County PRIDE Initiative is led by the San Mateo County Health System’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity, and is supported by the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission.
The PRIDE Initiative’s mission is to foster an inclusive environment based on equality and parity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and two-spirit (LGBTQQI2S) communities of San Mateo County.