Queer Youth Radio: Reflections on Pride

Apr. 3, 2013 / By , and

What is Pride? Every year, Long Beach Pride draws in around 30,000 people from all over the country. Over the years, corporate sponsorships and celebrities have come to the city to highlight LGBTQ achievements– but what about the local community?

As Pride gears up this May, young people in Long Beach shared their vision of celebrating Pride in their city. To hear their voices, listen to the clip above.

Queer Youth Radio is a monthly radio series that serves as a platform for LGBTQ young people to amplify their voices to educate and bring awareness and visibility to their communities. QYR is a collaboration between VoiceWaves, The Gay & Lesbian Center of Long Beach and Bienestar Long Beach.

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Chelcee Bunkley

Chelcee Bunkley is 22 year old college freshman attending Long Beach City College and a Southern California native, living in Long Beach since 2009. Chelcee is passionate about film-making, writing, and photography and looks forward to the challenges and victories that come with being an independent filmmaker, freelance photographer and writer. She is an active volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach. She hopes to tell stories that will help people in some form, whether it be with knowledge of resources, emotionally, or any other way possible.

Nayobi Maldonado-Ochoa

Nayobi L. Maldonado-Ochoa is a multimedia content creator based in Southern California. Her work has been featured in many outlets such as KPFK 90.7 FM, YouthWire, and The Panther. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from Chapman University in 2016. She is passionate about sharing her words and stories to others and her overall career goal is to become a talk show host on FM or satellite radio.