Bringing together the San Mateo County Coastside in support of our LGBTQ community

How we’re helping

CoastPride offers a safe space online and at community events to gather the diversity of our voices, raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, and address the needs of our LGBTQ youth, families, and adults. We work with existing local civic, governmental, for-profit and nonprofit organizations to enhance services so that they are inclusive of all who play, work, and live on the coastside.

We invite you to join us—LGBTQ individuals and allies working together to make the coastside welcoming and supportive to all, because together we are stronger.

Support groups

Our support groups have moved to our community center at 711 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. We are still following Covid-19 guidelines requiring masks and social-distancing. We will provide hand sanitizer.

Visit our support groups page for more information on joining our groups.

A letter from our board president, Jenny Walter

Dear Friends,

The mission of CoastPride is to create a Coastside that supports and celebrates people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expression. October, we celebrated the overlap of LGBTQ History and LatinX Heritage Month, and so many of you came out for visibility, education, and fun. Buoyed by the chants of coastside united at our Unity Event, the beauty of community altars in Pescadero and Half Moon Bay for Día de los Muertos, we are embracing November and new beginnings.

We are excited to welcome our first employee, Cameron Zeller, and our new board directors, Les Shinowaza and Kassie Talbot. Many of you know Cam and their partner, Demi Pacifuentes, who started volunteering with CoastPride as soon as they moved here. Cam facilitates the support group for middle school students and is heading up the youth leadership council. Les is a long-time resident of the coastside and has served as Chief Financial Officer for multiple Bay Area businesses. Kassi is a lifelong resident of Pescadero, a member of the Pacifica Municipal Advisory Committee, and a Spanish teacher at LHPUSD. Both new directors will help us accomplish our goal of raising $50,000 to grow our health and wellness programs and match the County funds that have enabled us to hire Cam as a part-time administrator.

We are excited to meet our Pacifica neighbors at a benefit for CoastPride on November 7th at TableWine.

And at the end of November through December 1st for World AIDS Day, we hope you will join us at the Center where we will have a portion of the AIDS quilt and international AIDS memorabilia on display, educational programming, and more.

In gratitude,

Board member Tom Maravilla and teens entering the new CoastPride community center

Announcing our new CoastPride Community Center

CoastPride is pleased to announce the establishment of a community center at 711 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. This LGBTQ+ community space demonstrates the growth and diversity of the Coastside of San Mateo County. The two story structure is being re-designed by CoastPride to provide

  1. support services for LGBTQ+ teens and caregivers
  2. a community meeting place for diverse youth, adults and community organizations to gather, collaborate, grow and share resources
  3. a visible symbol of LGBTQ+ pride and a friendly presence on the Coastside.

“Establishing such a center is historic and manifests the community’s commitment to embrace the diversity of everyone on the Coast, especially our young people. CoastPride’s goal from the start has been to address the needs of our LGBTQ+ youth,” says Jeanne Vargas, President of CoastPride.

Thanks to all the people and groups who helped make this center possible!

Center hours

Mondays 2–6 pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 2–6 pm
Saturdays noon–4 pm

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In honor of PRIDE month, Colorlines celebrated LGBTQIA+ artists of color by revisiting their #PrideIsCulture digital series. Throughout the series, Colorlines highlights cultural creators, present and past, who have used their art form to express their joy and resilience.

Watch the series that includes videos on the work of James Baldwin, Chavela Vargas, Josephine Baker, and more. Amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community using the hashtag #PrideIsCulture and tag Colorlines to share how you celebrate the brilliance of the community.

Why we do this

“Yesterday one of our Pre-Kindergarten students was playing dress-up and suddenly became really sad. He asked me “I want to be a princess, but I’m a boy and can I be a princess?” I told him absolutely and then grabbed an iPad and showed him John Lester’s video [The Beautiful Princess of Never Come True]. He was smiling ear-to-ear. Last night, I got a note from his parents asking for the name of the video so they could play it again for him at home. He loved the ending “I like that anyone who wants to be a princess can be one and they get to dance on the beach!”

It really made my day and I thank you all for having that video as part of your CoastPride event so I knew about it and could share it!

Leslie Richardson, Preschool Teacher

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Our funding

100% of donations go to funding our support groups, speakers series, school support, and other CoastPride projects benefiting LGBTQ+ youth, families, and adults on the coastside.

$ 75,000 $ 200,000
21 days left,  38% Completed

Gift with donation

Friend-of-the-Pride Gail Evenari has graciously offered handmade beanies in all the colors of all the pride flags as a fundraiser. With a minimum donation of $45, Gail will pull out her knitting needles and stitch one of these cute and cozy caps just for you. While supplies last.

knit cap in all the colors of the pride flags, body is rainbow, tassel brown and black, band blue and pink

Get a CoastPride “Stronger Together” zip front hoodie with at $100 donation online or a $60 donation at the center. While supplies last.

three smiling women wearing gray gray zip-front hoodies with coastpride logo on left front
three smiling women wearing gray gray zip-front hoodies with “stronger together” on back in colors of the trans pride flag

“OMG. LOOK at what you have created! This just brought tears to my eyes. From zero to this in no time. WOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is outstanding to have this resource and haven in our community. Love and hugs to you for making this happen.”
Julie Shenkman
Owner, Sam’s Chowder House

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CoastPride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 84-2227224.