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.

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

CoastPride Community Center opening Spring 2021!

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!

Community actions

Seeking volunteer peer counselors
Senior Peer Counseling is a one-on-one service provided by trained volunteers in San Mateo County. As a volunteer you receive FREE training and professional support, while you offer confidential emotional support, and understanding for one hour a week to older adults facing challenges such as loneliness, depression, grief, isolation from family and friends, loss, and life changes. Support is offered in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and to the LGBTQ community.
veterans assessment focus groups
The County of San Mateo is seeking participants for a study to better understand the needs of people who have ever served in the US military and their families, as well as available services and gaps in services for veterans who live, work, or attend school in San Mateo County.

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.

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

Gift with donation

A $100-or-more donation gets you a cozy zipfront or pullover hoodie (modeled here by our amazing supporters Justin and Crystal). With STRONGER TOGETHER on the front in the colors of the Trans Pride flag, and the CoastPride logo on the back, your support for the LGBTQ+ community will be on display whether you are coming or going!

coastpride "stronger together" hoodie as worn by supporters justin and crystal and
front of black zip hoodie—cast pride logo in pride colors over left chest. zipper is white.
back of black zip hoodie—"stronger together" is written in trans pride colors

CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by intimate partner abuse. From counseling, to emergency housing, to legal assistance, our services are designed to provide safety, support, and healing.

24-hour hotline | 800.300.1080

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos celebrating Coastside LGBTQ+ events.

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CoastPride thanks the Mavericks Community Foundation and all of our supporters for your hard work and generous donations during Coastside Gives.

With your support we are able to continue our twice-monthly teen sessions and monthly parent/caregiver sessions, open our scholarship program to more graduating students, increase the visibility of our community, and add to our educational programs.

Starting June 1st, our new center will be open four days per week, expanding our collaboration and partnership with other community organizations, and creating an opportunity for our LGBTQ+ community and allies to have a safe place on our coastside—all because of you.

In deep gratitude,
CoastPride Team

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.

“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.