MISSION AND PURPOSE
Richmond Rainbow Pride (RRP) is a group of LGBTIQQ individuals and allies who live, work and/or play in or near Richmond, CA, coming together for the collective benefit of the LGBTIQQ community of Richmond.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
RRP creates spaces that are safe and welcoming to the LGBTIQQ community of Richmond; holds events of interest to the community; advocates for the interests of the community; and promotes LGBTIQQ visibility in the greater Richmond community.
Richmond has a very diverse community. Richmond Rainbow Pride was born from the thought of continuing to build and strengthen our community. To give our community a sense of belonging, especially for those not aware that Richmond has a very high concentration of LGBTQ residents.
In 2014 we saw a dark cloud of homophobia, during the election cycle, and it brought out various leaders of the community together to organize and mobilize; make the Rainbow come out!
Cesar Zepeda reached out to Jovanka Beckles to talk about what can be done. Jovanka put Cesar in touch with various community leaders.
One evening, Cesar Zepeda and Duane Chapman sat down at IHOP to talk about doing something for our community. Other community leaders joined the conversation and got together to stand up together in our community: Terrence Cheung, Dajenya Kafele, Lynn Sugihara, Brenda Williams, Jamin Pursell, Wade Meyer, Nava Mizrahhi, Richard Bell, Brian Villa, amongst others.
Together we created the City of Richmond' first LGBT organization: Richmond Rainbow Pride.
After many renditions of our logo, Jamin suggested a "hand", in tribute to the Purple Hand movement of 1969. In 2015, Pride in the Park was organized to bring families, friends, and every community together. We had the first all-gender restrooms at our event that was attended by over 100 people. We had several performances, from drag queens, to violins, and poetry. We saw old and young, queer and straight, Black, White, Latino, Asian... a true rainbow of diversity.
Join us as we continue to move our community forward.