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Chula Vista City Council expresses support for third-annual South Bay Rainbow Ride and Festival

The Rainbow Ride began as a caravan of rainbow-decorated vehicles streaming across the South Bay in a show of support for the families affected by the 2019 Drag Queen Storytime protests at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. 
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Chula Vista City Council said it will support the local nonprofit organization Rainbow Spaces to coordinate the third annual community-led South Bay Rainbow Ride. 

South Bay Rainbow Ride and Festival will be hosted on Oct.8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Otay Ranch Town Center, and in honor of National Coming Out Day. The South Bay community may participate in the Rainbow Ride by decorating their cars to demonstrate inclusion for LGBTQ families, and the festival will take place immediately after. 

The city of Chula Vista will support South Bay Rainbow Ride and Festival with communications and resources.  

According to Nadia Kean-Ayub, Executive Director of Rainbow Spaces, the event is essential to the organization because it demonstrates LGBTQ families, and it is community lead. 

“We leave it open to every single community member to come out and demonstrate their colors and show their support,” Kean-Ayub said. 

According to the organization, the Rainbow Ride began as a caravan of rainbow-decorated vehicles streaming across the South Bay in a show of support for the families affected by the 2019 Drag Queen Storytime protests at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. 

“It continues because we have proven that this is who we are; inclusive, affirming, and protective of our Rainbow youth.”

According to reporting from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Drag Queen Storytime took place on Sept. 10, 2019 without an issue despite weeks of opposition. The Chula Vista Police Department established two free speech zones in response to hundreds of people in the parking lot either in support or in opposition. 

Nadia Kean-Ayuub noted, “In reflection of what was a hard time for us, a reminder to families: that was not Chula Vista. That was from outside. Our Chula vista loves our families, each and every one of them.”

Rainbow Spaces was created to create spaces that are inclusive and effortless in communities whose diverse needs are often not addressed. 

For more information about Rainbow Spaces, or the upcoming Rainbow Ride and Festival, visit https://www.rainbowspaces.org/

Those interested in volunteering for the event may email info@rainbowspaces.org for more information.