Tag archives: LGBTQ

RIP, Desmond
By Richard Mineards   |   January 18, 2022

On a personal note, I remember Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBTQ rights, who died at his home in Cape Town aged 90. I met the Anglican Archbishop in 2011 at a reception at the beachfront Montecito home of the late Nancy Koppelman and found him unfailingly charming. […]

Taking Pride in Their Continued Impact
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 16, 2021

For many nonprofits in Santa Barbara and around the nation, the height of the COVID pandemic was a time to retrench, perhaps scale back operations or even temporarily close their doors. Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF), on the other hand, not only kept nearly all its services available, but also expanded some of its programs in […]

Arts in Lockdown #26: Dancing It Out with Harout
By Joanne Calitri   |   April 22, 2021

Professional dancer-choreographer Harout Aristakessian self-describes as being at the intersection of three nationalities – Lebanese, Armenian, and American, as well as a gay-feminist-cisgender Christian, ultimately seeking to break the social constructs of sex, gender, race, nationality, and creed through dance.  He is the founder and artistic director of the Dance with Harout (DWH) Performance Company […]

Navigating the End
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 6, 2020

The annual Navigating the End Expo is a free event featuring panel discussions and workshops with local experts in all aspects of end-of-life issues, including medical, legal, financial, funeral arrangements, advanced healthcare directives, LGBTQ and veterans’ issues as well as related speakers, art and exhibits. The 10 am to 4 pm event – which carries […]

Pacific Pride Royal Ball
By Lynda Millner   |   May 30, 2019

The Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) turned the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort Chandelier Room into a Platinum Palace, literally. As designer Merryl Brown said, “There will be elements of muted gold and ivory floral and masses of silver.” The Royal Ball is so over the top, they only hold it every two years. Guests arrived with […]

The Royal Ball
By Tim Buckley   |   April 25, 2019

Partying with Pride Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) has again partnered with Merryl Brown Events to deliver its 2019 gala, which will be held at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Limited to 400 guests, this Royal Ball is the first major fundraising event at this stunning new resort. Because planning and production on the event are so […]

Domestic Violence Solutions
By Lynda Millner   |   February 28, 2019

“It takes more than a village… it takes a community.” The theme of the Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) luncheon was Community and purple is their color. We were in the Loggia Room at the Santa Barbara Biltmore to celebrate what has been accomplished so that victims are visible – not invisible – and to raise […]