Seattle Pride gets the most attention in the Northwest, and Spokane’s Pride claims the prize for largest in the Inland Northwest, but it’s the smaller pride celebrations that deserve the most praise. In traditionally conservative areas, with a smaller population and fewer resources to organise and execute Pride celebrations, cities like Yakima, Coeur d’Alene, Tri-Cites, and Vancouver, WA are making sure the voices of their LGBTQA community are speaking out. Many from Spokane make plans to visit Seattle pride 2 weeks after Spokane’s, and we encourage everyone to visit the smaller Pride celebrations, to make the most of Pride Month.
Shout out to the city of Yakima for declaring their first ever official Pride Week!
SATURDAY IN THE PARK PRIDE
SATURDAY IN THE PARK PRIDE Organization, a group dedicated to providing educational, scholarship opportunities and support services for the LGBTQ Families, Children, and Friends in the Greater Clark County Area of Washington State.
Who Are We?: Saturday in the Park Pride is the organizer for the Local Gay Pride Event on the second Saturday in July. We raise funds for local charities and offer a yearly scholarship for Clark County Residents.
What We Do!: SITPPride or Saturday in the Park Pride provides entertainment throughout the year, raises funds for charities and offers supportive connections for the LGBTQ Population in SW Washington. You can make a difference in our local lives through volunteering and sharing your knowledge and experience. Please feel fee to join us during your freetime! It’s amazing how incredible the experience can be.
About Us: LGBTQ Pride in the Clark County and Vancouver, WA Area have a history. In 1993, a group of people met for the first time to celebrate the lives and history of the LGBTQ Community in SW Washington. As a result, Saturday in the Park Pride was born in 1994. Our first few events were held down near the Columbia River outside the Red Lion Inn at the Quay. It began with a small group of people and quickly turned into a larger support system and celebration of life.
The Early Years: Those early years saw the start of what is now “Vancouver USA LGBTQ Pride”. This organization and its members have worked to raise funds for local charities and been a cooperative sponsor of educational workshops for LGBTQ Families and their children assisting them in understanding all that is needed to travel to other countries and assisting those families in safe travel experiences.
Saturday in the Park Pride
6400 NE Highway 99, G-338
Vancouver, WA 98665
eMail for the Board of Directors: SITPPBoard@gmail.com
eMail for the Pride Committee: VanUSAPride@gmail.com
VOLUNTEER: We look forward to hearing from you and your family to improve the events, give us ideas of support and services we could provide, and general assist this organization to continue providing the educational, scholarship, and support needed in Greater Clark County, WA.
Kitsap Pride, 2017 – Saturday, July 15 in Evergreen Park in Bremerton. This year’s theme is Viva la Vida which encourages everyone to live their authentic life.
Kitsap County had it’s first “Pride” gathering over 20 years ago. It was not that long ago where a turnout of 35 was a huge success. Back then it was West Sound Family and Gay County organizing the events. Some of those first events were held out at Scenic Beach State Park in Seabeck. There was always a volleyball game going, food on the grill and pot-luck dishes from the community. We even had live music like the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus.
(3rd Annual) Coeur d’Alene Pride in the Park
June 3, 2017 – Pride in the Park is an annual LGBTQA+ diversity celebration in Coeur d’Alene’s downtown city park. This family friendly event is held the first Saturday of June each year. There is music, vendors, food, and a childlren’s area. Pride in the Park unifies our entire community who come together and celebrates our diversity and strength as one community.
Following Pride in the Park, OutSpokane’s annual Pride Cruise sets sail from the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Check out the North Idaho Pride Alliance at nipridealliance.com
Yakima Celebrates first-ever Pride Week
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Many in the LGBT community say the area is becoming more accepting. Yakima hosted it’s Pride March on June 17, 2017, the culmination of it’s first ever Pride Week declared by the City. The event saw about 200 people come out to support the LGBTQ community in a traditionally conservative region.
The Yakima Pride March is hosted and sponsored by the Rainbow Cathedral Church Yakima, Act Yakima, Planned Parenthood, One America, UUCY, and Pride Foundation.
If you would like to donate to help make this event a success, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/Yakima-Pride. If your organization would like to become a sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love your support!