Guest Column

Fernanda Rocha

Co-Owner, Art of Fitness

Thank you, Laguna Beach, for loving and supporting me as a gay woman and business owner

The month of June holds a special place in my heart and in the hearts of the LGBTQ+ community. It is a time to celebrate equality, self-expression and the right of love freely. It is a time to recognize the struggles and resilience of those that fought for our rights.

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Fernanda Rocha, co-owner of Art of Fitness

As a gay woman, I recognize that the fight for equality isn’t over. There are still many struggles and challenges our LGBTQ+ community continues to face.

I have the privilege of owning a business in a town where we can openly express our support to the LGBTQ+ and I am aware this is not the case for many in my community. The Laguna Beach community has been a great town for me to expand without discrimination or shame, and I want to keep using my voice to create more visibility and understanding to those that are still fighting for acceptance and equality.

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Art of Fitness’ Charity Pride Ride, 2023

I own the Art of Fitness with an amazing business partner, Marian Keegan. We have been serving the Laguna Beach community for more than 20 years, and we are very blessed in our journey. Every year during Pride Month, we participate and donate to Pride events in town and around the L.A area. We create charity workouts to raise money to support local Pride organizations. In 2023 and last weekend, we shared our support to the Laguna Beach Pride 365 organization in a Charity Spin Ride. Our Art of Fitness members packed our Spin Room, sent their donations, and showed their love and support.

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Art of Fitness’ Charity Pride Ride, 2024

I feel very happy to see all our members and friends coming together, embracing diversity and creating a beautiful moment where we all recognize the importance of Pride Month.

I want to thank the Art of Fitness family and Laguna Beach community for giving me support throughout all these years and ask you to keep spreading your love and acceptance to the LGBTQ+! Your understanding makes a huge difference in our journey.

Much Love and Happy Pride Month!


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