Post Date June 22, 2019

Pride Month: Spotlight on Local LGBTQIA+ Resources

By Anahita Ghajarrahimi

Each year the month of June is dedicated to honoring the achievements of LGBTQIA+ movements, and the LGBTQIA+ community at large. Leaps of justice for LGBTQIA+ and remembrance of the discrimination faced are honored through parades, festivals, and unity celebrations. Contra Costa NOW is proud of the many cities in our county standing up in support of our LGBTQIA+ community.

A Quick History

Pride marches began in June of 1970 as a commemoration of the Stonewall uprising that began on June 28, 1969. This uprising ignited when patrons of Stonewall Inn, a gay night club in New York, defended themselves against a violent police raid. Although Stonewall was not the first demonstration against police harassment of LGBTQIA+ individuals, the days of response and protest that followed are credited as sparking the global gay rights movement.

Growing Momentum for Contra Costa Pride

Throughout our chapter history Contra Costa NOW has been an outspoken supporter of Pride celebrations. This year we are proud to announce several cities in our county  have joined us in their support. Various Contra Costa County cities have made events of raising the Pride flag and proclaimed their support through Pride celebrations. Martinez, Concord, Antioch, Richmond, Walnut Creek, San Pablo, Pleasant Hill, Dublin, Pinole, Lafayette, and El Cerrito have all raised the Pride flag. Pittsburg and Brentwood have officially proclaimed their support of Pride celebrations. Contra Costa County NOW congratulates these cities for visibly symbolizing their acceptance and support of our LGBTQIA+ community.

A Trusted LGBTQIA+ Resource

Contra Costa NOW was honored to join The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County’s 12th annual Pride on the Plaza at Todos Santos Plaza. The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, located in Concord, has become a leader in advancing LGBTQIA+ rights in our area. They aim to foster a community for LGBTQIA+ people and allies. The center provides many services and programs for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. Their services include free HIV testing and support groups, food assistance for low-income community members, support groups for both youth and adults, and a Homeless Transitional Youth program providing temporary housing to community members. For more about the Rainbow Community Center visit https://www.rainbowcc.org

We look forward to seeing this momentum continue in our county and will do our part to foster its growth. We encourage our county and city leaders to continue to stand with and pledge their support to our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters this June and always.

Need help?

Other LGBTQIA+ resources within Contra Costa County include:

LGBTQIA+ hotline (925-692-2056)
The RYSE Center in Richmond offers programs and support groups for all ages.

Planned Parenthood, NorCal LGBTQIA+ services

PFLAG (Parents & Friends Of Lesbians & Gays) local support groups

For more information on local Pride events and how to better support LGBTQIA+ members of the community, check out the Contra Costa NOW Facebook page