Thousands Greet This Year’s Pride Season

Thousands showed up to ring in Pride season at Leadbetter Beach last Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by the Pacific Pride Foundation, the event drew LGBQT folks and their “straight allies” to watch the headliners, gay hip-hop artist Cazwell and drag star Morgan McMichaels, and other area groups. A number of people ​— ​young and old ​— ​told staff the festival was their first Pride event, said executive director David Selberg: “It is really heartening.” In 2001, gay bars closed in Santa Barbara, though a handful of bars and nightclubs still dedicate evenings to the LGBQT community. “Integration is absolutely happening, which is such a good thing as we gain full equality under the law,” added Selberg.

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