What is the San Joaquin Pride Center

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The San Joaquin Pride Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at 6 p.m. at its new location at 937 Yosemite St. in Stockton as part of the Pride Week celebrations.

After a 13-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center is now moving to this new location from its old downtown location on Sutter Street.

The Record reached out to Cymone Reyes, executive director of the SJ Pride Center, and asked her five questions about the new location, services and upcoming activities.

1. What services and activities can community members participate in at the new center?

The San Joaquin Pride Center is to serve the diverse LGBTQ + community of San Joaquin County and surrounding areas by creating a safe and welcoming space in our center, providing free internet access as well as activities for all ages, providing resources such as our counseling services, transgender support services and volunteer opportunities that enrich body, mind and spirit, and educating local businesses, school districts and the public about tolerance and respect for all people within the LGBTQ + community with our cultural sensitivity training.

2. How is this center different from the old downtown location on Sutter Street?

We are conveniently located in the village of Yosemite Street in the gay district of Stockton with access to free parking on the first floor, making it easy for members of our community with specific accessibility requirements.

3. When can community members start visiting the new center?

We are now open to the public. Our office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

4. Are there any upcoming summer events or series that you would like people to know about?

We are starting our support groups (male, female and transgender groups) again in July. Please check our social media for these announcements. We are (also) planning for Stockton Pride 2021, which will take place on September 25, 2021.

5. What can community members do if they want to get involved and help the center?

The best way to get involved is (to) donate your time, money or talents to help achieve our mission. Please contact our office at 209-565-5023.

For more information on the center and its activities, visit https://www.sjpridecenter.com or https://www.facebook.com/sjpridecenter.

Record-breaking journalist Laura Diaz covers social justice and societal issues. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @laurasdiaz_. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.

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