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North County update: Spreading the word about Pride @ the Beach

(This column originally appeared HERE on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)

Beginning in 2008, Pride @ The Beach was founded by the North County LGBTQ Coalition (now the North County LGBTQ Resource Center) to serve North County San Diego with a day that celebrates the LGBTQ community. Held in Oceanside, Calif. in early October, Pride @ The Beach caters to those that may otherwise be unable to participate in other Pride events, and creates a stronger community for those living outside of the city of San Diego.

Pride @ The Beach has continued to be extremely community-based, with nearly all of its entertainment coming from local artists. The event offers food, live music, dancing, a children’s area and a way for people to embrace their pride, beachside.

Each year our Pride @ The Beach event funds our Annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Awards. These awards go directly to North County GSA clubs in middle schools and high schools. These clubs promote respect for diversity in their schools, play a critical role in stopping and preventing harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ students, and help ensure that schools are safe for everybody.

Read the full column HERE on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.