Each year The Youth and Family Project hosts an annual Pride Celebration to honor the diverse identities of the LGBTQ+ youth and families who live, work, and thrive in Washington County.
After documenting an increase in the number of youth who feel safe disclosing LGBTQ+ identities to Youth and Family Project counseling personnel, we began creating specific resources and supports for LGBTQ+ youth and their families in Washington County. We have found that the need is great, and additional resources are rare.
In 2022, the 1st Annual Washington County Pride Celebration was put together in only two months, with very little funding, at the request of youth in our LGBTQ+ Support Groups. We knew we had to make that celebration happen to let youth and their families know how much they matter, and that they have a place in our community.
We have developed a volunteer planning committee to support our efforts to expand and grow the celebration. The Annual Washington County Pride Celebration is an opportunity to support the community, celebrate our families, and raise funds to ensure LGBTQ+ programming continues to grow in our community.
2023: 2nd Annual Washington County Pride Celebration
For 2023, we are expanding and growing and anticipate a much larger event. The 2nd Annual Washington County Pride Celebration will take place at The Gardens Wedding Center in Allenton on Sunday, August 6, 2023 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM. This family friendly event will feature live music, games, information & resource booths, and LGBTQ+ merchant/vendor booths. Stay tuned and check out our event's Facebook Page for more details.
For 2023 we have created a rainbow of sponsorship levels and we hope to raise at least $5000. Any funds raised beyond the event expenses will be utilized to support LGBTQ+ programming which includes support groups for youth ages 10-17 and their parents/caregivers, adult coffee club, social events, and educational presentations about inclusion and how to support LGBTQ+ youth. We are also hoping to open up space at the agency building for an LGBTQ+ Resource Center to serve as an informational hub and gathering space. Check out our Sponsor Proposal for details about the sponsorship levels and how to get involved in this exciting event!