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.


Free documentary screening

Friday, October 1, 2021
6–7 pm

HMB Library, 620 Correras St.

Meet the author/co-producer, Dana “Theractivist” Johnson, MSW, and director/co-producer Khalid White, Educator and ally


Wine tasting FUNdraiser

Sunday, November 7
1–5:30 pm (two seatings)

At Table Wine
1710 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica

Featuring wines from Birdhorse Winery

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.


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


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.

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.

Gift with donation

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

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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

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.