Foothills Pride 2023
June 3, 12-4pm at Sunland Park
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 3rd, 12-4pm at Foothills Pride 2023! Join us for an afternoon of art, poetry, music, inspiring speakers, a youth art exhibition, resources and much more. The Foothills come together to celebrate our LGBTQ+ neighbors once more, and to assert LGBT+ people's right to thrive, be respected, protected, and loved in every community.
Do you want to help make this third annual Foothills Pride festival the best one yet? Help us spread the word, donate to our fundraising campaign, volunteer, or invite a local youth artist to enter the juried arts exhibition.
Check out our presenters and speakers' lineup below. It's going to be a terrific event!
For more information please contact us at email@example.com.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!
FOOTHILLS PRIDE - RESOURCE BOOTHS
-Council District 7
-Department of Mental Health of LA County
-El Proyecto del Barrio
-Los Angeles Housing Department
-Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and
-Los Angeles Public Library
-Ren Rasa Yogamaya
-SFCHC LaVida Care
-Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church
-St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church
-Sunland Tujunga Forward
-Sunland Tujunga Voices United
-The Knowledge House
-Theodore Payne Foundation
-The Village Poets
-Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills
FOOTHILL PRIDE 2023 PRESENTERS AND SPEAKERS
Senator Anthony Portantino
Supporting public education, mental health, and sensible gun control have been priorities for Senator Anthony Portantino during his time in office. He banned the open carry of handguns on Main Street California, raised the purchase age of firearms to 21, and placed the suicide hotline number on student identification cards. Prior to his years as a representative, the Senator spent many years working in film and television production, served on the California Film Commission, and spent nearly eight years on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, with two terms as Mayor. Senator Portantino grew up in New Jersey, where he attended public schools and graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Read more
State Senator Caroline Menjivar
Senator Caroline Menjivar was elected in 2022 to represent the cities of Burbank and San Fernando and the communities of Arleta, Canoga Park, Lake Balboa, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Reseda, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Winnetka.
Assemblymember Laura Friedman
First elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016, Laura Friedman represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Los Angeles, as well as the communities of La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, Montrose, North Hollywood, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Sunland-Tujunga, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and Valley Village. Laura’s legislative work is focused in three primary areas: addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crisis, combating climate change, and protecting vulnerable communities.
Board Member Kelly Gonez
Previously an education policy advisor in President Obama’s administration, Kelly Gonez serves as President of the Los Angeles Board of Education and represents Board District 6, which encompasses most of the East San Fernando Valley. During that time, she has championed the needs of the most historically underserved students as a Board member. She has authored policies leading to increased services for homeless students and to remove barriers to college for our high-needs students, and has worked to increase investment in early childhood education. She pioneered the expansion of ethnic studies for all students - it is now a high school graduation requirement.
Tiff Hubbard is an actress and spoken word artist. She was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii but spent most of her time growing up in Colorado. Tiffany’s passion for writing stems from learning to embrace the duality of her different backgrounds as an African, Asian, and American woman. Her love of hip hop and Shakespeare is what creates Tiff’s unique sound and cadence. Her hope is that through her work, she will inspire, educate, and move people forward in a world where it can be easy to feel left behind. In March 2021, she released her debut poetry book, “Short Poems From a Short Love”. You can see more of her work on Instagram @tiff.hubbard.
Ren Rasa Yogamaya
Ren Rasa Yogamaya, E-RYT 500, is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance as an established teacher, teaching for over 26 years and has been a continuing presenter with the Bhakti Fest for 10 years. She is also a writer, a syndicated columnist and the author of the book, Eat By Color: Foods, Colors And The Chakras. She has studied under many teachers, masters including, Yogi Bhajan, Swami Satchidinanda, Swami Anand Tathagat and Drunvalo Melchizedek who imparted to Ren the eastern practices of Kundalini, Integral Hatha, Tantra, Kama Sutra, Tao, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana and the ancient wisdom of The Flower of Life. As an evolved Yoga teacher, Ren is also a Yoga Therapist, practicing and teaching from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and the Yoga Korunta. She is also a natural channel for Universal Source.
Elizabeth Ann Setzer is a musician and activist living in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, on the unceded ancestral lands of the Tongva (Gabrieleno), Chumash, and Fernandeño Tataviam peoples. She uses the platform of musical performance to engage communities and provide a vehicle for collective liberation. Her repertoire includes rock, pop, soul, country, folk, jazz, and musical theater. You can view her song list and make a request by following this link: https://bit.ly/Foothills_Pride_Song_Request
Village Poets runs a monthly poetry reading at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. Established in 2010, Village Poets is comprised of past and current Sunland-Tujunga Poets Laureate who assemble featured performers and poets who are known in the area. An "open mic" segment is available for writers who wish to present their work. Village Poets typically meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Information can be found at www.villagepoets.blogspot.com
Monizze Wolff and Mashugana
Mashugana is an indie soul band with a fun and unique style. Smooth, soothing singing that draws you in paired with jazz influenced rock style guitar that keeps you moving.
Monnize Wolff is a Brazilian-bred singer songwriter whose inspiration from Bossa Nova brings finger-picking and deft arrangements, giving listeners a lullaby wrapped in summertime fare. Inspired by love and the LGBT+ community, Monnize Wolff and Mashugana come together to bring a comforting and inviting sound with modern material to thrilling effect.
Elektra LaKill is a proud Trans Latina drag queen and activist from Los Angeles. She works with queer organizations to create queer inclusive events, provide outreach and resources, and uplift the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community. You can expect an Elektra show to have a ton of high energy, movement, and latine influence in every performance. She aims to entertain and take space as a Trans performer.
Violet Bloom (she/they) is a trans drag artist who performs all across LA county. She is a multi-hyphenate artist who creates most of her drag pieces. Violet is very community focused and works to bring family friendly programming to parks through her work. She is a dazzling drag artist that captivated audiences with her beauty and loves the color purple.