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Associated Students Trans & Queer Commission to host QTOPIA in Isla Vista

Students are hosting first Qtopia during first Saturday of Pride Month in Isla Vista

ISLA VISTA, Calif.-There have been a number of pride events over the years near the University of California, Santa Barbara, but this Saturday will mark the the first ever Pride Festival in Isla Vista

The Associated Students Trans & Queer Commission is hosting the event in Little Acorn Park.

"UCSB's Trans & Queer Commission is so excited to bring UCSB and Isla Vista's first ever Pride Month Festival to Isla Vista this Saturday June 3rd, " said Pride Commissioner Isabella Ramirez, "We have so many festivities planned all for free so please come and enjoy and support the LGBTQ+ community this weekend."

One local LGBTQ leader said now is an important time to show support.

"Pride this year is very important because in the past year we have seen 100s of anti-LGBTQ pieces of legislation introduced throughout  the country, " said Ethan Bertrand, "It is important for communities like ours to stand up and say we are here to stay and we are proud. "

He said the community is not backing down.

"All LGBTQ communities deserve respect and the ability to live there lives authentically."

The chosen name QTOPIA is similar to Floatopia and Deltopia events in the area, but in this case it represents pride.

Isla Vista Community Services District intern Jacob Parsons said it will feature a giant water slide, music, food and arts and crafts.

Parsons said business around the area call the "Rainbow Loop "will have specials that will benefit the Pacific Pride Foundation.

IVCSD intern Cariss Nunotani said she was there when they chose the name QTOPIA.

She said she likes how it represents the community and the event.

Local business including Sam's To Go, Lau Wang, Dank Bowls, and Precious Slut are among the sponsors.

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