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Mission & Programs

About Greater Palm Springs Pride

Greater Palm Springs Pride (pspride.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community.

Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since Coachella Valley’s first Pride event in 1986.

This year’s Pride celebration theme is: “I am Pride: Stonewall 45” and the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration is November 7-9.

Recognition

2012 - Outstanding Community Service Organization - Greater Palm Springs Pride (Awarded by Desert Business Association)

Our History

Palm Springs Pride produced its first Pride Festival in Palm Springs to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York City’s Christopher Street. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was incorporated in 1997 and today brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community to produce the Coachella Valley’s Pride parade and two-day festival, which is expected to attract 100,000 participants to downtown Palm Springs.

Programs of the organization include:

  • The Pride Parad
  • The Free two-day Festival – an event for the entire community!
  • Pride Honors Awards
  • The unique Downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party; and the
  • Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.Activism and AwarenessWe support LGBT civil rights activism and mentorship of other Pride organizations around the world and promote awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals.  Programs include:
  • Palm Springs Pride Parade: The largest equal rights celebration in Palm Springs.
  • Pride Festival: An inclusive and diverse celebration of the community that exemplifies our mission, vision, and values
  • Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast: Palm Springs Pride is a lead organizer and fiscal sponsor of this annual coalition building effort. The event seeks to bring together all who support equality and justice to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.
  • Mentorship: Palm Springs Pride recognizes the importance of the Pride movement worldwide by making donations to these organizations and by sharing our experience and skills.

Community Service

  • Grant Funding: Palm Springs Pride provides grants to organizations which directly impact the LGBT communities in the region. Various fundraising vehicles are used to raise and earmark donations to the Pride Fund. Special emphasis is placed on supporting Coachella Valley Gay-Straight Alliance organizations at the region’s high schools.
  • Direct Community Support: Palm Springs Pride directly supports community organizations by purchasing tickets, making charitable contributions, and sponsoring various events. In addition to donating event tickets, the organization also subsidizes entry fees for many organizations in the parade and festival.
  • Partnerships: Palm Springs Pride creates partnerships with organizations enabling them to raise funds in exchange for their involvement in Pride events.

Youth Services

Youth Engagement: Creating safe and affirming opportunities for youth to participate in activities related to Pride.

LGBT Wall of Honor – Landmark Monument Campaign

Palm Springs Pride is the lead organizer of this campaign to preserving and showcasing the history of the local LGBT movement for future generations.

  • The Wall of Honor: A landmark monument will honor and remember important local LGBT community members. The monument will recognize and celebrate those Palm Springs LGBT community members and allies who have had a significant and positive impact on the Palm Springs LGBT community. The monument will be a visible and lasting reminder of our rich history of courage, spirit, achievement, and activism.

Visibility and Collaboration

Palm Springs Pride represents the interest of the Coachella Valley LGBT community as a member and supporter of the Palm Springs Desert Business Association, Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc. (CAPI), the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Coordinators (InterPride), the International Festival and Events Association, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Human Rights Commission.

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