Redding’s LGBTQ+ Community Celebrates 10-years of Pride

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The Redding LGBTQ+ community’s roots grow deep in far rural NorCal. Together, we have weathered each storm of resistance, intolerance and hate only to come out stronger and more vibrant.

Redding’s inaugural Pride Festival was held in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood. Over the course of 10-years, the celebration has grown to include a full week of events with attendance in the thousands. September’s Pride Week has become a living model of community growth and support, an affirmation of our individual identities, and an inspiration for people of all ages.

2019 Pride Week Events include:

1st Annual Redding Pride Awards:

Friday, September 13 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Redding Hilton Garden Inn

Join us as we honor the contributions of individuals, organizations and businesses that advance the health and well being of the LGBTQ+ community in rural Far Northern California. Tickets are $35 and include an Italian buffet dinner.

Light It Up With Pride! Rainbow Bridge Party:

Saturday, September 14 | 5:30-7:30 | Sundial Bridge Quarry Patio

Kick off Redding Pride Week 2019 with an evening of drag, dancing and all other sorts of fabulousness at Redding’s iconic Sundial Bridge, all lit up in rainbow. A FREE all ages event.

“Studio 501” 21+ After Party at Club 501 – 10 p.m. until close

Drag Queen & King Story Hour:

Sunday, September 15 | 2-3 p.m. | NorCal OUTreach Center

Drag Kings & Queens read LGBTQ+ themed children’s books that explore gender fluidity, diverse families and positive self-image to empower young people to embrace who they are and grow up living authentically. FREE for all families. Snacks provided.

Love & Tolerance Sober Pride Potluck:

Monday, September 16 | 6-8 p.m. | NorCal OUTreach Center

To honor and support those in recovery, we are hosting a Sober Pride potluck at the NorCal OUTreach Center. Tell us which tasty delight you are bringing here.

Dine & Donate at Mary’s Pizza Shack:

Tuesday, September 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redding Mary’s Pizza Shack

Partake of some of the best pizza in town and help raise a little funds for Redding’s LGBTQ+ Center just by filling your belly. Contact us at for a flyer. NorCal OUTreach Project gets 15% of your ticket.

Safe Zone Ally Training:

Wednesday, September 18 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Redding Library Community Room

A Safe Zone Ally is a compassionate and knowledgeable individual who publicly displays their support for the LGBTQ+ community. This experiential training covers self-assessment of attitudes & beliefs, vocabulary, dispelling myths and stereotypes, identity development, the authentic gender model, spectrums of sexuality & gender, coming out, microaggressions and privilege. Those who complete the training receive a sticker symbolizing that they are a safe space to come to for support and referral to resources. Registration is FREE.

Youth Pride Paint and Pizza Night:

Wednesday, September 18 | 6-8 p.m. | NorCal OUTreach Center | Ages 13-17

Go artsy for Pride! Painting, sign making, root beer floats and pizza. Simple rainbow-y, sparkly fun!

Film: The Gospel of Eureka:

Thursday, September 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Redding Library Community Room | Ages 13+

Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. Sponsored by KIXE.

Q-the Mic! Open Mic Night

Friday, September 20 | 6-8 p.m.; performer sign in starts at 5:30 p.m. | NorCal OUTreach Center

Join us for an evening self-expression and solidarity and explore what your local LGBTQ+ Center has to offer you. Artists, singers, slam poets, dancers – all forms of artistic expression are invited to step up to the mic. This is a FREE event and refreshments will be served.

10th Annual Redding LGBTQ+ Pride March & Festival:

Saturday, September 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; March starts at 10 a.m. | Redding City Hall

Join us for the grand finale of Redding Pride Week at the 10th Annual Redding Pride Festival & March. We expect more than 60 exhibitors, food vendors and artsy-crafters. Entertainment by NorCal Drag Alliance, Formation Dance Company, Black Widow Bellydance, and more, emceed by Drag Mama Troy and Tucker Noir. Admission is FREE and the event is for all ages.

Sign up for a booth (deadline is September 15).

PLUR (Peace! Love! Unity! Respect!) 21+ after party at the Brasserie | 5-10 p.m.

More information about Redding Pride can be found on the website, by emailing or calling 530-949-6267.

2019 Pride Week Sponsors:
2019 Unicorn Business Sponsor – Leave It To Nature
United Way of Northern California Hill Country Health and Wellness Center Planned Parenthood of Northern California, Women’s Health Specialists, Legal Services of Northern California, Dignity Health, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity ACLU, Club 501, Youth & Family Programs- Shasta County, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Advanced Counseling One SAFE Place Shasta Caring Choices Center for Spiritual Living Redding CA Redding First United Methodist Church Redding First Christian Church Pilgrim Congregational, UCC, Redding, CA Empire Recovery Center KKRN 88.5 FM

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