Coast
pride

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.


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Virtual event | February 6, 2022, 2:30–4:30 pm

Understanding Gender Identity and Supporting Trans Youth

Please join us for a presentation by Janna Barkin, author of He’s Always Been My Son—a book about her family’s journey raising a transgender child—followed by a panel discussion about transgender youth.

This event is free. Zoom link will be provided to registered participants via email prior to event.


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This event is free. Zoom link will be provided to registered participants via email prior to event.

Virtual event | February 13, 2022, 2–4 pm

Share the Love

Please join us for a presentation by Bishop Megan Rohrer, the first openly transgender minister to be ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Valentine’s Day is often seen as an exclusively romantic holiday, but love is about familial and community connection as well. Come listen, share, and create community connections by making Valentine’s Day cards for family, friends, and neighbors. Our faith-based partnership is supplying the crafts and goodies. When you register, we will send you information on how to get your Valentine’s packet. CoastPride will be delivering Valentine’s Day cards to our neighbors at the Coastside Inn so please share the love and create cards with us.

Registration for this event is available up to the time of the event. However, packets to make valentines will be available for pick up at the CoastPride Center only through Saturday, February 12th at 4 pm, with the first available date for pick up to be announced in early February. All completed valentines brought back to the CoastPride Center by February 14th at noon will be delivered to residents at the Coastside Inn on the afternoon of Valentine’s Day.

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patricia bodas speaks with a coastpride teen about the year end fundraiser

CoastPride is making a difference

Our short videos in English and Spanish show how your support empowers our LGBTQ+ coastsiders and their caregivers by providing opportunities, services, and resources, building community, and engaging in advocacy.

From our Board of Directors

Dear CoastPride Community,

As we near the end of 2021, we are proud to share how CoastPride is meeting the considerable needs of the coastside from Pescadero to Pacifica. Despite the pandemic, we opened the CoastPride Center and grew our health and wellness, education, visibility, and social justice programs. We are addressing the isolation faced by our LGBTQ+ and allied community by increasing opportunities for connection, adding a support group for our middle schoolers and seeing an increase in participation in all our programming.

None of this would be possible without wonderful volunteers and generous donors like you.

Look where we started during our first year of incorporation in 2019!

  • Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
  • Teen Support Groups
  • June Pride Month Events and Activities
  • October LGBTQ+ History/LatinX Month
  • Heritage Events and Activities
  • Scholarship Program

And look what we added just this year!

  • Spanish-language one-on-one telehealth counseling
  • Youth Groups, like our Middle School Social Group and Youth Leadership Group
  • Regular Social Events, like Movie Night, Book Club, Interfaith Gatherings, and more
  • Increased Community Education Exhibits (many of these co-created by our youth)
  • Wellness Yoga
  • Center drop-in hours, 3 days per week, staffed by volunteers

See how we are sustaining our programs

  • Hired an Administrative Coordinator, Cameron Zeller, part time with grant funds
  • Increased our volunteer staff by 75%
  • Increased security for our Center
  • Proactive partnerships with our coastside neighbors in Pacifica and Pescadero
  • Increased our Board membership to expand our diversity

As you can imagine, this important work does not come easily. Without the support of donations throughout the year and especially at year’s end, we could not sustain our current level of service or continue to grow in response to our community’s needs. Our goal is to raise $50,000. Please join our 2021 campaign by donating at www.coastpride.org.

Thank you for your continued generosity!

In gratitude,
Jenny Walter, Jeanne Vargas, Kassi Talbot, Les Shinozawa, Cathy Hauer, Patricia Bodas, Kelly Kramer, and David Oliphant

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

First and 3rd Mondays 2–4 pm
2nd, 4th, and 5th Mondays 2–6 pm
2nd, 4th, and 5th 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.

Year-end campaign

$ 16000 $ 50000
Donation Time Over, 32% Completed

“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

GET INVOLVED | Are you passionate about what we’re doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers, supporters, and allies to help us make our vision a reality.

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