Festival Main Stage
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRIDE COMMITTEE AND LORNA BARKER
We are honored to be here with you virtually and with humbled hearts in reflection of the difficult days communities around the world have faced over these last weeks. As Pride Month is the birth of all Pride celebrations, we honor the flight of the LGBTQ community through many years of demanding acceptance and respect, at a great personal risk to ourselves.
We raise our voices for Black LGBTQ Youth. We stand and support organizations like The Trevor Project, National Black Justice Coalition, The Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN, and GSA Club’s to eradicate bullying, racism, homophobia, transphobia and LGBTQ youth suicides. We raise this flag with the hope that schools and communities become safe spaces in which Black LGBTQ Youth can thrive.
We raise our voices for Black LGBTQ Elders. The Aging With Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study conducted in 2010 estimates that 2.7 million adults age 50 and older in the U.S. self-identify as LGBTQ. Approximately 20 percent of those adults are people of color, that number is expected to double by 2050.
We stand in solidarity with organizations like SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBTQ Elders, who are a group of loving, caring activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services, and support to older members of the LGBT community.
We mourn with the families who have suffered devastating losses with COVID 19 and racial injustice from police brutality.
We remember the strong legacy of resisting hate, violence, and police brutality in our own LGBTQ community and we stand with our black, brown indigenist, family against racism in all forms.
We dedicate this Pride to them and acknowledge all those who are still living in fear of persecution and death, those that are fighting for human rights and racial justice, for their lives, dignity, and pursuit of happiness.
We pledge to continue our advocacy and to lead by example. We stand together to honor the resilience and powerful history of members of our Black, Brown and Indigenous Members of the LGBTQ Community.
Join us as we raise the flag and kick-off the 2020 (virtual) PRIDE By The Beach Festival
Max Disposti (He/Him/His), Executive Director
North County LGBTQ Resource Center
RAINBOW POM-POM CIRCLES ART INSTALLATION
Oceanside Museum of Art has installed the Pride flag made out of over 1,000 pom poms. It will be displayed outside the museum for the communities enjoyment until the end of the month. Special thanks to Fiber Artist Katie Ruiz and our entire community of creative volunteers who helped make this project possible!
PROJECT YOUTH DIRECTOR MOLLY FRANCIS SHARES LETTERS OF LOVE
At some point in our lives, we all deal with challenges, some are able to overcome these challenges on their own while some others benefit from help and loving support of their community. These letters of love are a message to the LGBTQ youth currently in the Unicorn Homes program.
If you would like to learn more about the Unicorn Homes Program of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, please click the link below.