Welcome to 2016

By Dae Elliott | South Bay Alliance

South Bay Alliance is looking forward to yet another exciting year. Mark your calendars for South Bay Pride, Sept. 10 this year at the Bayside Park.

I can’t believe how much we have grown since South Bay Alliance was organized in 2006. In nine years we have gone from an informal gathering of 200 or so people to over 15,000 attendees and plan to do so again this year. Perhaps even more!

Sign up for LGBTQA 101

This month on Jan. 28, we are doing our LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies) 101 training for all LGBTQA who want to learn how to better provide an accepting and supportive environment for those in our neighborhoods for the LGBTQA community.

We will introduce you to terminology, issues and resources along with activities to help you understand and be effective in making our neighborhoods safe and friendly places for our LGBTQA. Business members, teachers, parents, friends and family, students — everyone is invited to this FREE training.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion and South Bay Pride palm tree to post indicating your support for the community! This training will be conducted by South Bay Alliance in conjunction with personnel from YES, SDSU, and PFLAG. The Foundry Methodist Church in Chula Vista is graciously hosting the event. Visit SouthBayPride.org in order to sign up. Space is limited so do so soon!

Youth Movie Night

As part of this year’s expanded support of our youth, we are happy to announce the Foundry Methodist Church of Chula Vista is hosting a “Youth Movie Night” on Feb. 19 for high school LGBTQA students to enjoy a safe and friendly evening with each other. We are reaching out to all of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) student organizations in the area to ensure everyone knows about it! Stay tuned for more information.

Attend the South Bay LGBTQA Prom

In addition, SBA along with YES, PFLAG, Foundry Methodist Church, and the local GSAs are organizing South Bay’s “other” (title will be determined by our youth) Prom on April 16.

South Bay Alliance will be organizing the entertainment and are currently looking for supporters to help with the decorations and DJ. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us at SouthBayAlliance@gmail.com. All in all, we are very excited that we can provide our youth with fun and safe activities. They are our future and I am thrilled that we can be there for them.

SBA Fundraiser

Keep a look out for our upcoming South Bay Pride fundraiser! It will be a great opportunity to network and socialize while supporting a great cause. We will be having a silent auction with all sorts of great items to bid on. All of the proceeds will be going to the South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival and those of you giving $100 or more will be listed on our home page as our honored “early bird” supporters. If you want to contribute to the silent auction, let us know by emailing SouthBayAlliance@gmail.com.

You can also stay posted on all these events and activities by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/SouthBayPride or Twitter @SouthBayPride and of course, visit us online at southbaypride.org.

—Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at southbayalliance@gmail.com.

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