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San Luis Obispo has always celebrated diversity and acceptance of visitors and locals alike. It is the policy of the City of San Luis Obispo to treat all persons equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability status.

Concerts in the Plaza at the Mission in San Luis Obispo, California

In partnership with Brand USA’s “One Big Welcome” initiative, Visit California launched the “All Dreams Welcome” campaign. The City of San Luis Obispo has embraced these campaigns with the new “SLO Welcomes” decal project, in addition to extending the messaging into the the City of San Luis Obispo Tourism Business Improvement District marketing initiatives.

We’re here to inspire visitors from all walks of life to experience everything San Luis Obispo has to offer from hiking the breathtaking peaks and finding your Zen on hill tops to tasting local craft beer and savoring farm-to-table fare in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. The city offers a plethora of events that welcome all including Pride in the Plaza, a day of live music and celebration for the LGBT community, the Greek Festival, a lively event that brings Greece to the Central Coast, Cal Poly, a nationally-ranked, diverse university with the “Learn by Doing” mentality, Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market, a weekly gathering of local farmers, artists and businesses, Concerts in the Plaza, a popular summer concert series featuring an eclectic group of talented bands, and many more.

Join us in celebrating and welcoming all to San Luis Obispo by sharing your experiences and using #SLOWelcomes, #AllDreamsWelcome and #OneBigWelcome on social for the chance to be featured on our channels.

Despite our differences, San Luis Obispo is a welcoming place for all and you are safe here.

People doing yoga at sunset on Terrace Hill in San Luis Obispo, California

“SLO Welcomes” Decal Project

The goal of SLO Safe Space’s decal project is “to reach out to the greater San Luis Obispo area and its visitors, with support from the SLO city government and police dept., to promote safe and welcoming spaces for people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, (dis) abilities, and countries of origin.” R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County is leading an initiative for local support towards SLO Safe Space’s decal project by asking individuals, businesses and organizations to display decals in their windows. A variety of businesses are showing their support including Luna Red, SLOFly, RIDE, SLOCO Massage & Wellness Spa and many more.

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