OUR VALUES

Dedicated Bakersfield LGBTQ members and volunteers embrace the following values and will:

  • Value diversity by accepting each person’s uniqueness.
  • Show respect and dignity for others by welcoming and accepting all individuals.
  • Demonstrate integrity through excellence in service, honest communication and responsiveness to our Community.
  • Be resourceful and enthusiastic in order to support the growth of the organization to meet Community needs.

This group is the center of LGBTQ social and political organizing in Bakersfield and Kern County, California. We support issues and plan the grand event of the year, Bakersfield’s Gay Pride Festival. We welcome all supportive folks, regardless of orientation.

Please Help Us Make the World a Kinder Place.

Bakersfield LGBTQ is an educational, advocacy, social and networking 501c3 non-profit supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities in Bakersfield, CA.

HISTORY

Bakersfield LGBTQ was born in 2004, as a result of a small group of concerned community members who wanted to see more community activities and advocacy. Originally, we were allied with Marriage Equality California, but when we decided to put on a Pride festival in the Fall of 2004, we went out on a limb and formed our own group, Bakersfield LGBTQ.

We were recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit in 2006. We strive to serve our community with educational, advocacy and social opportunities and to date, we have held over 400 successful events of all kinds. We are a member of the Consolidated Alliance of Pride, Inc (CAPI), and this brings us into a very strong relationship with Pride committees all over the Western United States and Mexico. We are also a member of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Board

Shelby Gonzales

Shelby Gonzales

Chair

Chair@BakersfieldPride.org

Sami Castaneda

Sami Castaneda

Vice Chair

ViceChair@bakersfieldpride.org

Lee Yoakum

Lee Yoakum

Director of Advocacy

Advocacy@BakersfieldPride.org

 

Trevin Willis

Trevin Willis

Events Coordinator

Events@BakersfieldPride.org

Tony Castaneda

Tony Castaneda

Public Relations & Membership

Members@BakersfieldPride.org

Mary Gonzales

Mary Gonzales

Finance Director

Finance@BakersfieldPride.org

Laura Haggard

Laura Haggard

Education

Education@BakersfieldPride.org

Erica Yoakum

Erica Yoakum

Administrative Assistant

Administration@BakersfieldPride.org

Shannon "Shay" Dowdle

Shannon "Shay" Dowdle

Junior Board Member

memberatlarge02@BakersfieldPride.org

Sandra Graves

Sandra Graves

Junior Board Member

Memberatlarge01@BakersfieldPride.org

Life

“All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more – and no less – heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.”

–Senator Tammy Baldwin

Let’s Work Together

Questions? Comments? Drop us a line.