Bakersfield Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning

Bakersfield LGBTQ is the LGBTQ community access portal for Bakersfield and the surrounding County of Kern, in California. We are the local Gay Pride committee, and we organize political, networking and social events all year long.

Bako 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 werer 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 have now successfully held eight Prides, and are excitedly planning our next Pride Festival for Ocotber 2012!

We were recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit in 2005. We strive to serve our community with educational, advocacy and social opportunities and to date, we have held over 600 successful events of all kinds. We are members of the Consolidated Alliance of Pride, Inc (CAPI), and this brings us into a very strong relationship with Pride committees all over the Western US and Mexico.

We became a member of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce in August, 2010.

Our vision for the future includes a Bakersfield LGBTQ Virtual Center, a communitywide effort to bring people support groups, social events, educational seminars, advocacy groups and of course, more Pride.

Our Mission

Bakersfield LGBTQ is a nonprofit, social justice and service organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals, their families and the community. We are dedicated to creating positive change in people’s lives through advocacy, education, social support and networking.

Our Core Purpose

Bakersfield LGBTQ exists to create activities which support individuals and the community at large in becoming empowered emotionally, financially, intellectually and socially.

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.