LGBTQ+

Pride is held each year by LGBTQ+ communities the world over to celebrate accomplishments towards gaining civil rights and push for more rights until achieving equity. The first Central Coast Pride was organized in 1997, over the years, Central Coast Pride has grown from a few hundred attendees to one of San Luis Obispo's largest community events. Community volunteers spend months planning various events aimed to educate, entertain, and celebrate. In 2021, Central Coast Pride will be celebrating 25 Years, and look back on the accomplishments of activism, work towards inclusivity and equality, and look forward to celebrating PRIDE for years to come. 

Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Michelle Call, Executive Director of the Gala Pride and Diversity Center, Ila Moncrief, California State University Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, Intern at the Pride Center and Pride committee chair, and  Dusty Colyer-Worth, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair City of SLO Human Relations Commission.

They will talk with us about the history of Pride, share with us details about upcoming Central Coast Pride month activities, as well as talk with us about continuing work to lift up our LGBTQ+ community and how we can assist with these efforts.

COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ+ community. According to research, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are more likely to become unemployed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michelle Call and David Weisman of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance (GALA), and Jamie Woolf, chair of Tranz Central Coast, as they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the LGBTQ+ community of the Central Coast, and how Pride is shifting it’s a celebration this year. 

Gender-affirming healthcare is now available at Cal Poly

Dec 11, 2019
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Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo announced this week the university is adding gender-affirming care to its slate of student healthcare services. It will provide transgender and gender non-conforming students access to treatments and specialized care that were previously unavailable at the school.

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Cal Poly's Academic Senate, the governing body for the university's faculty, voted Tuesday overwhelmingly in favor of removing a Chick-fil-A restaurant outlet from the university's San Luis Obispo campus. The resolution was proposed in light of recent news the fast food chain's charity arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, continues to give money to anti-LGBTQ organizations. The vote by the Academic Senate comes after another university and two cities moved to block Chick-fil-A outlets from opening in recent weeks due to the company's perceived opposition to the LGBTQ community. 

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A San Luis Obispo High School special education teacher has resigned after controversy erupted about an anti-LGBT letter he wrote to the school's newspaper editor. Former teacher Michael Stack's letter was in response to the May issue of the high school’s newspaper, SLO Expressions, which contained three articles focusing on LGBT issues. KCBX News spoke with San Luis Obispo Tribune reporter Nick Wilson, who has been covering this story.