Our events offer a diverse array of opportunities to gather in activism, in protest, in celebration, and in advocacy. The variety of offerings across all of our events represents the diversity of ways our community acknowledges and celebrates Pride. The Human Rights Conference and The Rally offer a platform for activists and organizers to make their voices heard and for attendees to hear from important voices in our community. Arts events such as Pride Presents put queer filmakers and subjects front and center, while Family Movie Night allows LQBTQIA+ parents, youth, and families to gather as a community in a safe space. The legendary NYC Pride March has been a symbol of our presence in the community for more than a half-century. Youth Pride has become a central hub for youth to gather in a safe space, unite with their friends, and make new ones. PrideFest has offered opportunities for small businesses and organizations to connect with our community in a free and open street fair, while Pride Island has been a symbol of our ability to dance and celebrate publicly.
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Our events are essential, but we need your help in order to make them happen! Heritage of Pride, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded entirely on the contributions of our community. Every donation big or small makes a difference, and helps us get one step closer to fulfilling our mission and securing our commitment to the community. Our merchandise offerings are also a great way to support the work we do by also showing your Pride with stylish apparel, accessories, and keepsakes.
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We couldn’t do this without our partners. Partnerships support the production of 20+ events each year, including FREE events such as Family Movie Night and Youth Pride. Heritage of Pride goes to great pains to ensure that partnerships meet strict criteria and that all partners are working to further the mission of the organization. From receiving in-kind donations in food and beverage for our volunteers to being able to give us the ability to donate funds to local LGBTQIA+ non profits, there are many reasons why a partnership with corporations leads to the overall benefit and increased visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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We measure our success in the impact we make on the community. Our programming and fundraising is felt directly by members of our community in a variety of ways. Our ability to create events that are free and open to the public allow members of our community to gather in Pride to learn and grow in ways they otherwise could not. The Pride Gives Back grant program has given numerous organizations the opportunity to create meaningful programming for marginalized members of our community. Our Community Grants allow members of our community to participate in our events and play a role in Pride while securing crucial funding to give scholarships to those most in need. Our membership has performed countless hours of community service in partnership with charitable organizations in the New York area.
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Our movement started with a moment. The roots of our movement began with the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. One year later, the first NYC Pride March was organized by the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee, and marches have continued every year since. In the 1980’s, we saw the beginning of some of our community’s darkest days with the onset of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. While much progress has been made to secure our human rights over the years, violence in our community endures with the proliferation of guns in America. And hate crimes against all members of our community endure, particularly again our Black Queer and Trans communities.
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Volunteers are the foundation of our organization. Our events could not take place without the thousands of volunteers who devote their time performing a multitude of tasks across a wide range of disciplines including talent, marketing, and operations. Heritage of Pride is a volunteer membership-based organization. All of HOP’s members are volunteers. Our members sit on various committees, including the March Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Media Committee, etc. Committee meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Volunteers are encouraged to attend committee meetings which take place throughout the entire calendar year.
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Heritage of Pride’s Executive Board, the organization’s leadership body, is comprised of volunteer members nominated and elected to their positions by HOP’s general membership. The Executive Board oversees the hiring of our 8 full-time and 4 seasonal staff members. Each Executive Board member also serves as Director of their respective committee, including the March Committee, the PrideFest Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Media Committee, etc. Each committee is comprised of volunteers, as well as members of HOP general membership.
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Diversity, accessibility and inclusion are essential to Heritage of Pride's (HOP) mission of working toward equality for all. We respect, value, and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that by bringing a diverse spectrum of individuals together, we collectively and more effectively may address the issues that face our communities. Our aim is for our leaders, volunteers, staff, participants, attendees, organizational strategies, public communications, marketing efforts, sponsors, partners, and events/programs all reflect these core values.
Our highly visible platforms including our entertainer selection, our March Grand Marshals, VIPs, line-up, and speakers at educational events feature an increasingly diverse community of leaders and representatives. We have emphasized diversity in our staff hiring guidelines and tolerate no discrimination in the workplace for paid staff or volunteers. We also endeavor to increase the accessibility of our events, whether that means providing accommodations for people with handicaps, translation services for people with different language skills, or free and reduced-cost options for individuals of various socio-economic resources. Lastly, we have begun to prioritize diversity in our supplier and service provider contracts.