June 12, 2023

Pride Now More Than Ever

We are under threat. Prides are under threat. The diverse dangers we are facing as an LGBTQ community and Pride organizers while differing in nature and intensity, share a common trait: they seek to undermine our love, our identity, our freedom, our safety, and our lives.

We are under threat. Prides are under threat. The diverse dangers we are facing as an LGBTQ community and Pride organizers while differing in nature and intensity, share a common trait: they seek to undermine our love, our identity, our freedom, our safety, and our lives. It's time we reaffirm the importance of Pride in our current sociopolitical climate, and call all our allies to action.

Pride events have always been about fighting back, building power, and creating a safe space where LGBTQ+ individuals can unabashedly celebrate who we are. Despite the progress we have made together, we are currently under siege. An alarming rise in legal disruptions and targeted intimidation by extremist groups at these events, across the United States, is making our celebratory gatherings feel less safe. The threats are becoming tangible, terrifying, and can no longer be ignored.

State laws have been weaponized against our people. The surge of over 700 anti-LGBTQ bills this year and the escalation of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, disproportionately targeting our trans siblings, are disturbing and devastatingly, not new. These legislative assaults are fostering an atmosphere that emboldens these threats to Pride events, organizers, and attendees which has forced the cancellation of some and increased violence against us in our daily lives.

The mental health repercussions for our community cannot be overstated. We already experience mental health struggles at higher rates, primarily due to stigma, discrimination, and bias. The wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation only exacerbates these struggles. Volunteers and staff who produce Prides are simultaneously the bullseye of the hate and responsible for community safety while personally coping with the onslaught which culminates in an overwhelming amount of mental and emotional labor for us and our teams.

Pride events are too often treated like political football, used by a variety of corporations and elected officials to advance their interests without consideration for the toll their actions take on our community. Fairweather friends for some and scapegoats for others. What we need is consistent support, not convenient exploitation.

The harsh reality of rising government fees, inflation, and economic downturn make it increasingly challenging for organizers to host Pride events in cities of all sizes. The call for Pride to remain financially accessible while navigating rising costs is a challenge made more difficult by the reality that insurance companies are pricing Pride events out of the market citing the very threat of attack that requires us to need protection. Our cities, states, and communities benefit from our civic, cultural, and economic impact. It’s past time for them to invest more in us than they charge. 

Despite these mounting challenges, there are ways we can all contribute to keep Pride events alive and thriving:

  • Show up at Pride events. Attendance is a form of support and a message of unity and acceptance. 
  • Donate your or your organizational resources to your local Pride. 
  • Volunteer your talent and time for your local Pride.
  • Use your voice to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and issues, be it through voting, contacting elected officials, or peaceful protest. 
  • Utilize your platforms to raise awareness and rally support.
  • Change corporate and government policy toward equitable and consistent investment. 
  • Educate yourself and others about the diverse issues facing our community.

Most importantly, in this moment of national crisis, our LGBTQ+ community, diverse as it is, must stand in solidarity. United, we can fight against those seeking to undo the gains we've made.

The struggle for acceptance and equality is ongoing. Reach out to organizations producing Pride events to understand how you can help. Let's keep the spirit of Pride alive, let's protect our safe spaces, and let's fight for a world where we can all express our identities freely and safely. Now, more than ever, we must unite together in Pride.

With Pride,

Fernando Zweifach López, Executive Director San Diego Pride

Suzanne Ford, Executive Director San Francisco Pride

Sandra Pérez, Executive Director NYC Pride


USAP (United States Association of Prides)

Aloha Maui Pride


Atlanta Pride Committee

Boise Pride Festival

Boston Pride

CAPI - Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc

Charlotte Pride

Chicago Pride Fest

Columbus IN Pride, Inc. 

Come Out With Pride, Inc. (Orlando, FL)

Dallas Pride

Druid City Pride


Fort Wayne Pride


Greater Palm Springs Pride

Harlem Pride, Inc.

Hastings NE PRIDE

Huntsville Texas Pride (HTXP)

Indy Pride 

International Disappear Fear Day

Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival

Kenosha Pride

Kitsap Pride

Las Vegas PRIDE


Muncie Pride Network

Naper Pride 

North County LGBTQ Resource Center/Pride by the Beach

North Idaho Pride Alliance 

Northern Nevada Pride

Ogden Pride

Out Boulder County

Ozark Pride Inc

Phoenix Pride

Pride Corpus Christi

Pride Myrtle Beach 

Pride Northwest, Inc

Ramona Pride

Riverside LGBTQ+ Pride

Sacramento LGBT Community Center & Sacramento Pride

San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition

Siouxland Pride Alliance 

Spencer Pride, Inc. 

Stonewall Columbus

Tristate Black Pride Memphis 

Union County Pride, Inc

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