Orange County’s history of Pride dates back to 1835 when Dana Point was named after Richard Henry Dana, a seaman and author whose name was found on a list of non-fiction authors who’ve referenced or contacted supposed “homosexuals,” according to Barbara Muirhead, creator of the Orange County Historical LGBT Timeline.
Later, during the early 1900s, Laguna Beach’s film industry brought in queer people and established itself as a popular queer community. Now, the county has its own LGBTQ Center of OC and OC Pride nonprofit festival and parade.
People of all ages can celebrate, learn and recognize the history of this diverse community. For kids, there was Pretend City Children’s Museum’s “Rainbow Families” event on June 1 that shared a collection of stories of children with LGBTQ+ families. For teenagers and adults, there are an array of exciting Pride events to attend to feel connected, enjoy your time or show support.