Earlier this month, we shared recommendations for organizations looking to participate in Pride Month to raise their programs' visibility and send a clear message about acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Pride activities also provide a fun opportunity for community-based organizations to advance their missions by tapping into a local and sometimes national platform, says Felipe Flores, community programs coordinator at San Francisco LGBT Community Center.
This year, the center will host San Francisco’s Pink Saturday, an annual block party held on the eve of the city’s pride parade. Thousands of attendees will come for the event's street performers and entertainment options, Flores says, but Pink Saturday serves a larger purpose by uniting community members to discuss their collective safety and wellbeing.
“Part of our mission is to bring the community together, to connect people to resources, opportunities, and to each other,” he says. “Finding community, and finding each other, can be a struggle.”
In this slideshow, we share ideas for mission-promoting Pride activities and important factors for agencies looking to get involved. Thank you to San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Mormons for Equality, and Capital Pride for use of their pictures.