Celebrate diversity


New in town and trying to find your fellow rainbows? Looking to get more involved in the local community? We can help!

We're a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting a sense of unity and support for the local LGBTTQQIAAPF community. Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, fluid, asexual, queer, questioning or anything in-between, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find resources, events and support in Monterey County, California and beyond.

Acabas de mudarte a la ciudad de Monterey y estas buscando a tu "familia"? Estas buscando maneras de involucrarte con la comunidad local? Podemos ayudar!

Somos un grupo de voluntarios dedicados a promover un sentido de unidad y apoyo local para la comunidad LGBTTQQIAAPF. No importa si eres lesbiana, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgenero, asexual, si estas questionando tu sexualidad o simplemente ere un aleado, has llegado al lugar perfecto. En esta pagina encontraras los recursos, eventos y el apoyo para el condado de Monterey al igual que sus ciudades vecinas. 



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Pride Poster Contest Is Now Open

How To Get Started

Before beginning your artwork, refect on our theme of “Celebrating Generations Of Pride.” This theme is centered around inclusivity within our beautiful community, where LGBTQ+ youth are nurtured and LGBTQ+ elders are honored.


This contest is open to all residents of Monterey County. Students are strongly encouraged to apply, including youth enrolled in home schools, the “unschooled” movement, trade schools and charter schools. Minors must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate.


After the contest closes on Friday, May 4, 2018, one winner will be selected from each category: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College and Community.


Please include your first name, last name (or initial), age, city of residence, e-mail address, phone number and the title of your artwork. For electronic submissions, the page layout must
be 8.5x11 inches with a resolution of 300 ppi, exported as a PDF. Please email contact@ montereypeninsulapride.org to submit your art for the contest. Mailed submissions must also be 8.5x11 inches. Please send your artwork to Monterey Peninsula Pride, P.O. Box 893, Seaside, CA,


If your artwork is selected by our pride planning committee, it will be featured on our official 2018 poster. Winners will also recieve a commemorative pride T-shirt and have the chance to participate in our parade. All submissions will be featured in a public gallery at our pride celebration.


By submitting your artwork, you agree to allow Monterey Peninsula Pride to feature your design and name on our marketing materials, website and social media accounts, as well as display your artwork in a public gallery at the pride celebration on June 30, 2018.

Rainbow Youth Support Group

Come experience a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth to create community, share and process common themes. This group will open to new members every 12 weeks, and examine topics including, but not limited to:

Suicide prevention
Domestic violence and abuse
Drug and alcohol use
Race and culture
Social media

Safe Zones
Coming out
Family dynamics

This group supports folks ages 15-20, and runs weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30, beginning May 1, at Shine a Light Counseling Center in Monterey. Please contact Tayler at taylerbthompson@gmail.com or Hillary at hillary@shinealightcounseling.com with any questions and to begin the screening process.  

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