Take a Rainbow Road Trip: Celebrate Pride Month in Concord

As home to the Contra Costa Rainbow Community Center and Annual Pride Festival, Concord has long been a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ Community. Here's a look at some of the people, places, and events that make our city a welcoming haven for residents and visitors alike. 

Rainbow Community Center

The Rainbow Community Center

Located on Willow Pass Road in Concord, the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County has been building community, equity, and well-being for the LGBTQ+ community and allies since 1995. Their services include programs for mental health, HIV and prevention youth and older adults, houseless transitional youth, food pantries, and professional development and training.

Volunteer Spotlight

Part of what makes Concord’s rainbow community so exceptional are the people who dedicate their time and energy to creating a stronger community for everyone. Concord’s rainbow center celebrates their dedicated volunteers by selecting one of them as their volunteer spotlight, a recognition earned by demonstrating exceptional community involvement.

This year's Rainbow Community Center spotlight volunteer is Paul. He and his husband Ben moved to Concord from San Francisco shortly after retiring. Paul has dedicated his time and talents to many organizations over the years, including over 25 years to the National AIDS Memorial in Golden Gate Park. When he found Rainbow online, he was eager to support their programs any way he could and began attending Rainbow senior lunches a couple of Fridays each month before the lockdown. Once safety precautions required pausing the in-person senior lunches, Paul was among those who stepped in to help contact our participants by phone to ensure they felt cared for & connected. He also delivered biweekly meals, and he and Ben made Christmas deliveries for Rainbow as well.

Freddie's Rainbow Experience

Freddie, 23, says being at Rainbow feels very calming. When you are at Rainbow, your stress levels go down, and it’s pretty cool to have that support. It is a community of people just like me. Everybody is not the same as me but it’s like we all have a basic general understanding that it’s ok to be yourself here and that’s pretty cool. Rainbow has really helped me regain my confidence and feel comfortable in the work environment so I could get a job. Everybody needs support and foundation, and you can’t get that foundation without having support. If you are lost and do not know where to go, Rainbow is a light at the end of the tunnel. They have helped me out in so many ways I would not even think to get help.

Pride on the Plaza

Pride In The Plaza 2023

Get ready to embrace love, equality, and pure joy at Pride in the Plaza 2023! Join us in Concord, California for an extraordinary celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Organized by the Rainbow Center Community, the Pride in the Plaza celebration is a family-friendly event with music, food, vendors, booths, a kid's play area and so much more!

Get Tickets HERE.


Concord's Rainbow Flag

Concord’s original Pride flag was raised at the Civic Center on June 1, 2017. The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, and LGBTQ social movements. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community, and each has its own meaning. red stands for life, orange stands for healing, yellow stands for sunlight, green stands for nature, blue stands for harmony, and purple represents spirit. The raising of the rainbow flag was done to demonstrate the City of Concord’s commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, tolerant and supportive community for all.

Progress Pride Flag

On June 1, 2021, the City of Concord introduced the new Progress Pride rainbow flag that incorporates black, brown, bright blue, pink and white stripes into the standard six-color flag. The change is designed to draw attention to the issues of black, brown, indigenous, transgender and non-binary people who historically have been the most marginalized groups within the LGBTQ community.

Rainbow Mural

This rainbow-themed mural in Oak Grove Plaza shopping center spreads a little happiness with its colorful splashes of paint spilling out of the cans. The mural was created in honor of Plaza founder David Zimmerman. 

Local Artist

Christian Aguirre – Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist

Christian was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Concord, California, when he was just 12 years old. He discovered a love for makeup while working for mineral makeup brand Bellapierre as a young man and later received formal training in makeup artistry, hair design, and special effects at NY Makeup Academy. He worked with MAC Cosmetics for five years where gained expertise in bridal makeup design and has studied celebrity makeup and airbrush design with Kryolan.

Christian works regularly with celebrities throughout California. His client list includes actresses Arianne Pellicer and Jacqueline Andere, singers Xavier Toscano, Ubis Fenix, Adi Luna, as well as Mexican superstars Tatiana, Alicia Villarreal, and Ninel Conde. Christian’s work has been featured in Adelante and Marbella Magazine.

He currently freelances throughout the Bay Area providing makeup services for weddings, quinceañeras, photoshoots, music videos and proms. Christian is also excited about bringing his love for makeup to others through his new mink eyelash collection from makeup brand, C&A Creations. 

Besides makeup, Aguirre performs as Bella Aldama, his drag queen persona.

Photo courtesy of Christian Aguirre

Plan Your Trip!

Check out the businesses & organizations that support the Rainbow Community Center HERE.

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