June 26th, 1969, drag queens at the Stonewall Bar in New York
City said, "Enough!" and chased harassing police officers
down Christopher Street. They may not have known it then but
that day marked the birth of our modern gay rights movement.
A year later the first Gay Pride Celebrations began and now
we join hundreds of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and questioning people and our allies in thousands of communities
around the world as we celebrate that historic day.
members the population at we are woven into the very fabric
of society, at every level and in every community. With that
in mind, we are focusing on inclusion this year by inviting
participation from a broad range of religious, ethnic, social
and business groups, which acknowledge and celebrate our diversity.
We plan to continue the family atmosphere so much appreciated
by visitors to previous local events and expand on our festival's
offerings to provide more emphasis on the cultural arts Santa
Barbara is globally renowned for.
festival is located in the historic heart of our city, Plaza
De La Guerra, where event goers can have better access to
everything downtown. Casual visitors from State Street, who
might otherwise never have set foot in a LGBT pride festival,
can now join our celebration too. In the process, more people
will learn about who we are, their brothers and sisters, their
mothers and fathers, their neighbors and co-workers… their
best friends. Thank you for your interest and participation.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Gay Santa Barbara Foundation