at 1430 N 5th St, Phoenix, 85004 United States
Phoenix Pride unites and engages individuals and organizations to empower, educate and support the Arizona LGBTQ Community. THE HISTORY OF PHOENIX PRIDE In 1981, a group of gay & lesbian activists organized the first Pride march thru the streets of downtown Phoenix to the state Capitol building. It was a politically focused march to bring awareness to gay rights issues in Phoenix. Nearly ten years later, a group of volunteers joined together to coordinate the annual Pride festival. This committee, best known as the Phoenix Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Inc. helped establish a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization known today as Phoenix Pride. The organization was created as an educational non-profit to continue to educate and promote issues that affect the LGBTQ community in metro Phoenix. Under the leadership of Phoenix Pride, there has been an annual march, festival, parade or celebration in metro Phoenix for more than 35 years. The organization is a leader in the metro Phoenix LGBTQ community. Over the past ten years, the organization has been able to make significant contributions to other LGBTQ focused non-profit organizations and has awarded scholarships to deserving LGBTQ individuals continuing their education. It is the goal of the organization to continue developing community programs to benefit the LGBTQ focused non-profit community and to continue to raise public awareness about the LGBTQ community in hopes to eliminate homophobia, transphobia and discrimination still very much prevalent some 35+ years later.
Yearly Community Events Include: Miss & Mister Phoenix Pride Pageant: Annually in early March Phoenix Pride Festival: First Weekend in April Phoenix Pride Parade: Sunday of the Pride Festival Weekend Phoenix Pride Awards: Every June Rainbows Festival: Third Weekend in October Miss & Mister Junior Phoenix Pride Pageant: Held at Rainbows Festival Phoenix Pride unites, educates, and engages people and partners to support and empower the LGBTQ community and our current and future allies.
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