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Pride SWFL (South West Florida)

Pride-SWFL was created in August 2009 out of a grass roots effort to put on a community festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Pride-SWFL started with twenty something individuals meeting in living rooms representing local businesses, local clubs, local organizations and local colleges. Within only six weeks, with no money, little experience, and only a few posters to get the word out, they put together and threw a four hour festival with a stage packed full of entertainment, and over 30 participating vendors.

Pride-SWFL proudly points out the fact that we are still a 100% volunteer based organization!
PRIDE – SWFL is a (501(c)3) non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual Southwest Florida Pride Event. Pride-SWFL is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBTQA heritage and celebration of LGBTQA culture and liberation. Pride-Southwest Florida’s Purpose/Mission Statement: “To provide the citizenry of Southwest Florida with a positive image of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and to create functions and events throughout the year promoting educational, civic and cultural activities that further this goal and enrich the lives of our members and the entire Southwest Florida community.”

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Pride Winston-Salem

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Pridefest of the Palm Beaches

Pridefest of Lake Worth and the Palm beaches attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Since 1992, PrideFest has served as Palm Beach County’s largest gay & lesbian visibility event. The festival exemplifies the strength and growth of the gay & lesbian community by highlighting more than 140 businesses that stand by our community and welcome our business. The event features a parade, live performances and entertainment for all ages.

More importantly, PrideFest emphasizes the importance of diversity in our community, making it stronger and more accepting of all individuals and their contributions to society. Without a doubt, PrideFest exists as an important component of Compass’ efforts to create equal opportunity and a safe place to live and allows for more effective local advocacy.

The event, which was originally held at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, has now grown from a small gathering to one of the largest festivals in South Florida.

Among many attendees, local elected and appointed representatives including the mayors and commissioners of the city of West Palm Beach and the city of Lake Worth, have attended annually and shown their support for the event. Each year, the mayor of Lake Worth raises the Pride flag with Compass’ Chief Executive Officer at City Hall during the week of the festival.

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