We are proud to share our mission with you. It evolves every year as we adapt to new challenges and accomplished achievements.
- To produce an annual pride event that fosters a sense of community, encourages LGBTQ+ citizens to live openly and with pride, and educates the general public of our shared cultural heritage.
- To encourage fellowship and support among participating businesses, professionals, individuals, and charitable pursuits in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
- To oppose prejudice in society at large and within the LGBTQ+ and allied communities on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- To foster communication, tolerance, and mutual support among LGBTQ+ persons and the allied communities.
- To provide positive role models in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
- To provide financial support to other LGBTQ+ oriented non-profit organizations in the local area through the making of grants made possible by the proceeds from each year’s event.
WHY GAY PRIDE MATTERS?
Because there’s still more work to be done
Last year and so far this year have been momentous years for gay rights and so there has been much to celebrate during the 2013 gay pride season. 19 U.S. states now provide equal marriage rights. That’s 19 out of 50. And while the majority of US citizens seem to agree with full equality , that’s still a lot of states that are unconstitutionally denying equality. These numbers are improving (and improving rapidly) but there’s still work to be done. That’s why gay pride is important. Gay pride festivals are a reminder of what’s been done, and a push to keep working toward full equality. And an annual celebration of the gay rights recently achieved doesn’t set things back but pushes activists onward and forward. It’s often a chance to get inspired and motivated.
Because others can’t always celebrate
With recent setbacks for gay rights around the world–notably Russia and most African nations. With calls of boycotts and front-page news of Russia gay rights abuses, there is much to remember about gay rights around the world. While some countries are quickly marching forward, some are inevitably moving backward. Most gay pride festivals have become joyous occasions — full of fun and cheer–but many around the world are still very political. There are gay and lesbians fighting for their lives in some places, let alone their equality. “marching for those that can’t.”
Because it’s important to have public support
There’s something really special about seeing straight allies and other supporters at a gay pride event. We all have friends who fully support equality, but all year long…it’s a mostly silent support. Then it’s time for a gay pride parade and suddenly they’re the first ones to suggest marching, rallying or otherwise. Often, seeing prominent and influential “out” gays and lesbians helped people overcome their own fears. It may be helping ONE individual come out to their parents. It may be a parent getting a better understanding of our community. It may be the employee of a company seeing it represented and supportive, giving that employee a new lease on life.
Because sometimes you still need to have fun
When a community reaches a milestone, accomplishes change towards equality, it deserves to be celebrated..and remembered! Not to mention the empowering effect of celebrating diversity, life and equality.