We Need Your Help.
At its core, the Pride movement is about protecting, empowering, and celebrating each and every member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Our decision earlier this year to charge a mandatory entry fee, though made with no intent to exclude, would have created another barrier for those who already face so many challenges.
You spoke, you shared your concerns and your stories – and we heard you.
Our goal has always been to serve our community. Pride St. Louis was founded by the community, for the community. You have asked us for transparency in why we felt it was necessary to charge. Last year’s festival presented several unforeseen circumstances, in part due to increased security as a result of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, as well as the dangerously hot weather. In light of these difficulties, we operated on a deficit, struggling to honor our financial obligations to organizations like Show Me Bears, Missouri Courage Scholarship, and others. While we are no longer operating on a deficit, we’re counting on your support in order to prevent this from occurring again.
We have taken measures to reduce costs where possible, cutting our budget by twenty-two percent (22%) in order to honor our commitments to our partners while still funding our many initiatives. The suggested donation is more important than ever. We are in dire need of your help. To fund the community center, scholarships, outreach, and festival, we need to raise $238,000. If we don't reach our goal this year, the PrideCenter LGBT+ Community Center may close, we may no longer be able to provide scholarships to LGBTQ+ individuals, and this very well may be the last PrideFest.
If you are able, please bring a donation with you to PrideFest so that we can continue to provide services like scholarships and awesome community events. You can also donate online.
As a registered 501(c)3, our budget and financials are public on our website.
We exist because of the investment and inclusion of all members of our community. We are committed to listening to, serving, and representing your interests. We will continue our work: building bridges, encouraging inclusion and diversity, advancing equality, and promoting unity.
We are “Community Proud” because of you.
The Pride St. Louis Board of Directors