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.”