A Short History of Pride St. Louis
What would become known as the "St. Louis Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration Committee" was born in 1979, but the first St. Louis Pride Celebration didn’t occur until 1980. The event was sponsored by the Magnolia Committee – named for the street where the majority of the members lived and had their meetings. Their combined effort with a second organization resulted in a weeks worth of activities held in April of 1980. At the end of the week, hundreds gathered for “The Lesbians and Gays Walk for Charity” which progressed down Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End to Washington University’s quadrangle. These two groups combined to become the St. Louis Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration Committee.
During the same time, writer Jim Thomas invited representatives from organizations around town to begin discussions for an annual celebration. It was to be held in June as a tribute to the Stonewall Riots, which occurred the last weekend of June in 1969. More information about the Pride Movement can be found here. Each participating organization, still able to keep their identity in individual events, would form a larger group – thereby creating a greater whole. At the time, the celebration consisted of a picnic in the beginning of the week and a march at the end.
Thus began a tradition which is still strong today in St. Louis. June is now officially recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and since the first PrideFest in 1981, St. Louis' own event has grown in size, attendance, and scope. A Pride Festival takes on a huge importance for our community because it allows for people to feel proud of who they are. We provide them a safer place to be who they wish to be, and that empowerment can be a life-altering experience.
For over thirty years, Pride St. Louis, Inc. has been working to raise understanding and acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) individuals in our community. We are not a political group, but rather a community-based organization that envisions a world where diversity can be celebrated and prejudice has been eradicated. We welcome you to join us for a meeting, a workshop, or a special event. As an organization, we are working each and every day to bring about meaningful change right here in St. Louis.
"To foster an understanding of and equality for the LGBT community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events ultimately leading up to the annual PrideFest in St. Louis."
As a 501(C)(3) organization, we strive to uphold transparency and accountability in all of our operations. Our organizational documents are available for public access.
For general information on public disclosure requirements, you can visit the U.S. Internal Revenue Service website's help article by clicking here, or for the specific policy, "Guidelines in Treas. Reg. § 301.6104(d)-1 and Notice 2007-45", you can click here. If you require an emailed or physical copy of any of our publically disclosed documents, please notify us by emailing email@example.com or writing to us at 3738 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. For purposes of transparency and convenience, several of our organizational documents can be found electronically below:
- 2017 Post-Festival Financial Update
- Our public budget for FY2017 is accessible by clicking here.
- Our 2016 990 form will be published soon. Look below for our currently available 990s, or to request directly through the IRS, complete the IRS Form 4506-A.
- PrideSTL Amended and Restated By-Laws (Revised 12-11-2017)
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