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Gay Santa Barbara's flags will fly on State Street
June 5 to June 12, 2006

Adopt A Flag

For the first time in the city’s history, the “Bent Rainbow” flag will fly at 125 locations throughout downtown Santa Barbara. For nearly six years, Charles Rice, Executive Director and Founding Board Member of GaySantaBarbara.org (GSB) worked relentlessly to open up calendar slots for numerous other local non-profits and secure their own space in the State Street Flag Program. GSB’s flags are finally scheduled to fly from June 5th through 12th and help to commemorate June as Gay & Lesbian Heritage Month.

Among GSB’s all-volunteer community programs promoting gay-friendly cultural and business activities, GaySantaBarbara.org is producer of the 17th Annual Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Celebration, “The secret is OUT… Pride at the Beach is back!” scheduled for May 12th 2007. The organization also hosts the GSB Business Network, with a directory of over 200 local gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses.

The late Paul Mills, GSB’s 1st Vice President and original force behind the Flags on State project, designed the “Bent Rainbow” flag. The design pays tribute to the Chromatic Gate, the huge and welcoming rainbow(ish) sculpture on Cabrillo Boulevard. The colors acknowledge GSB’s involvement in the global Gay Celebration movement. In order to offset the cost of this nearly $10,000 project, GSB has implemented the Adopt-a-Flag Program, providing community members and business owners the opportunity to both support GSB’s charitable efforts and to own a 4’ x 6’ flag and/or a gold “Bent Rainbow” lapel pin.

You may Adopt A Flag by donating to
Friends of Pride. Or Click here to join the GSB Business Directory! Call 805.962.1403 for details.

Santa Barbara Pride Festival

Pride may be FREE for the thousands who attend but it cost lots of money to produce. If you are able to make a tax-deductible financial contribution – of any amount, it all adds up – your money will go to support the ongoing efforts of our all-volunteer group. With your continuing support Team GSB will be able to provide our community with the best Pride Celebrations Santa Barbara has ever seen!

Welcome to Santa Barbara - Click here to read letters from Mayor Marty Blum and GSB Director Charles Rice.

Information Kiosk ! We've got travel and visitor information and, once you're here, information on how to get around our beautiful city before, during and after the festival.

Click here for visitor information
Click here for travel and parking information
Click here for maps of the area and of downtown Santa Barbara
Click here for things to do while you're visiting Santa Barbara

Please note, while we love little Fido and Bruno... especially when they're all decked out in rainbow beads, little leather jackets and hats, the City of Santa Barbara does not allow dogs on the festival grounds.

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