South Bay Pride update

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, South Bay Alliance | No Comments

By Dae Elliott | South Bay Alliance

Mark your calendars; show your support and Dine Out with Pride on March 28, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the SEA180 Coastal Tavern Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping us make this year’s South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival the best yet, while you enjoy this new Cohn Group restaurant located in the Pier South Resort, Imperial Beach, with amazing views and delicious foods.

Dae Elliott, President South Bay Alliance

Dae Elliott, President South Bay Alliance

There will be wonderful silent auction items available throughout the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a great evening while supporting us. This is an RSVP event so make sure you place your reservation with them.

Sue Sneeringer is our new event coordinator for the artisans, vendors and exhibitors. Sue is a long time supporter of South Bay Pride, and as a respected and well-known activist in our community, we welcome her insight and expertise as an extraordinary addition to our team.

With that in mind, it’s that time of year again. Calling all artisans, nonprofits, vendors and exhibitors, our early-bird special for artisans and vendor/exhibitors is now being offered.

South Bay Pride is Sept. 10, so sign up and pay for your 10-foot by 10-foot space before May 15 to receive your discount. Artisans that handcraft their arts and crafts (not mass produced and assembled) have space for just $50 with this discount while nonprofit exhibitor space is $100 and vendor/exhibitor space is $150. We will have our main stage with live music, as well as a DJ stage aimed right at the beach for your bayside fun.

With last year’s attendance being over 12,000, you can’t miss it. Visit “Be A Part of Pride” on the website for more information and online application.

Laura Jane is our main stage emcee again this year! Her talent and just plain wonderfulness has been part of our Pride since the beginning and it just wouldn’t be South Bay Pride without her. We are recruiting bands and DJs to play between noon – 7 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the entertainment application also under “Be a Part of Pride” on the website.

I love this time of year as we have all sorts of plans to make this the best Pride beach party around and I can imagine all sorts of things to make it even better with your support!

On another note, our LGBTQ101 training last month was fantastic. We had over 40 people (we were supposed to cut it off at 35 but just couldn’t!) and a great time learning how to be better supporters and allies of the LGBTQ community. A special thanks to Francisco and Anika Garcia, Teddy Bruni, Wes Palao, Patricia Ruiz, Sister Ida, Patty Bowman, Artie Cadence, and the wonderful congregation of The Gathering, who hosted us at their great venue The Industry. Without their hard work and assistance we couldn’t have put on this free training event. Thank you also to Safe Zones @ SDSU and Susan Caylef for sharing their training materials and wisdom with me. Francisco has given us the go ahead to plan another one at The Industry since we had to turn away people from the last one. Stay tuned for updates on when we will be able to do that.

And of course, as always, we could use your donations. Please, take a moment and visit to donate, as every little bit counts. This is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, free community Pride, and that means we need your tax-deductible support. You can even set it up to give a little each month. It is people like you that make this possible so thank you in advance for your generosity.

— 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

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