In 2018, Miguel Sarasa realized the need for a Pride celebration in Hemet, CA. Posting on Facebook to get the word out about a Pride BBQ, he then met Tara Guzman, Delia Guzman and Debbie McQueen. These 4 (along with Robert Becerra and Debbie’s husband, Adam) organized an event that saw about 100 people attend.

Not too long after that, Miguel started the Kiwanis LGBT+ Club of Southern California and the group decided that Hemet Pride BBQ would be their big service project every year.

In June 2019, the Hemet Pride BBQ had an even greater attendance and featured 30+ vendors, music, entertainment, prizes and food. For June 2020’s Pride, Hemet Pride BBQ will become San Jacinto Valley Pride to include a greater area and welcome even more people to this amazing event. Proceeds benefit LGBTQ+ youth.

2nd Annual Hemet LGBT+ Pride BBQ in Hemet, CA (June 30th, 2019)

1st Annual Hemet LGBT+ Pride BBQ in Hemet, CA (June 30th, 2018)