Maulding, 30, who identifies as a queer male, found that clubs and bars were pretty much the only places in the city where he could go and feel like he was part of the LGBTQ community.

“We needed something else,” he said in a recent interview. “We need open and out LGBTQ events to help lift the community, events that would give families a way to celebrate who they are. We need family-friendly options other than bars and clubs.”

In September 2020, in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, Maulding founded Riverside LGBTQ Pride, an organization he hopes will fill that need in the community. In late May 2021, the group became a legally incorporated organization in California.

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