Northern Arizona Pride Association’s mission is to educate, celebrate and increase acceptance and awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community of Flagstaff and northern Arizona.
Through the production of our annual Pride in the Pines festival, we aspire to make a positive difference in the LGBTQ reality while creating a sense of Community. It is our Mission to embrace, promote, and support our cultural diversity, civil, and human rights by fighting discrimination of any kind.
Northern Arizona Pride Association’s vision is to increase LGBTQ visibility and equality and end homophobia and transphobia in Northern Arizona. Through the production of Pride in the Pines, we hope to foster a more tolerant and accepting atmosphere for the LGBTQ community thereby encouraging the growth of diversity here in Northern Arizona.
What Pride in the Pines brings to the City Flagstaff Community:
- Attendance. Based on the attendance success of past festivals, the anticipated number of people who will attend this one-day event is estimated at 4500-4800. This number includes local citizens, tourists, and out of town guests.
- Economic. This event is intended to benefit the local community. The economic impact of this event on the local community is substantial with attendees staying at local hotels, eating in local restaurants, and patronizing other local businesses. People come to Flagstaff for the combined appeal of the festival, the downtown atmosphere, historic Route 66, and the attractive summer weather. All of these elements together make a perfect package for any festival attendant. Pride in the Pines pumps over $425,000 into the local economy during the weekend of the festival.
- Educational Impacts. The purpose of Pride in the Pines is to educate the general public on the needs and issues affecting the gay and lesbian community. We strive to rise above adversity taking special recognition of the vast and immensely positive contributions our diverse communities have made and continue to make. With this mission in mind, we strive to provide educational outreach to persons, directly and indirectly, involved in the gay and lesbian community through avenues such as Pride in the Pines. This event promotes a celebration of diversity and instils a great sense of morale and pride in our community.
- Operations. Fundraising throughout the year is vital to provide the necessary expenses in producing ‘Pride in the Pines’ 22nd annual festival weekend. The cost to produce such an event totals $101,000. This would include operations needs such as tents, fencing, and staging, entertainment, special event insurance, security, marketing and outreach to Northern Arizona.
Northern Arizona Pride Association
Celebrating 23 years of Pride in the Pines
Since our inception in 1996, Northern Arizona Pride Association (Flagstaff Pride) mission has been to educate, celebrate and increase acceptance and awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and Educational Impacts and Community Enhancement.
The purpose of Pride in the Pines is to educate the general public on the needs and issues affecting the gay and lesbian Community.
We strive to rise above adversity taking special recognition of the vast and immensely positive contributions our organization has achieved in the past 23 years. This event promotes a celebration of diversity and instils a great sense of morale and pride in our community, over the past 9 years, civil and human rights have finally been recognized for its achievements, which was far past due. However we still have more works to do from workplace discrimination, health care benefits and same-sex legal adoptions, the fight still continues until we are all truly equal.
- 2009 City of Flagstaff add domestic partner benefits
- 2010 City of Flagstaff award pride with Key to the City
- 2011 City of Flagstaff proclaimed June as LGBTQ month
- 2011 City of Flagstaff added domestic partnership registry
- 2013 City of Flagstaff passed Civil Rights Ordinance protecting the LGBTQ class
- 2015 Same-sex marriage legally recognized in Arizona
- 2016 June 26th Same-sex marriage legally recognized in the United States
- 2016 June 25th Flagstaff Pride flew the first The Rainbow Flag at a City Hall in Arizona, in remembrance of our brothers and sisters who we lost in the Orlando Shooting
Board of Directors
Debra Taylor, President
Carrie Nelson, Vice President
Penelope Scott, Treasurer
Donnie Jones, Secretary
Ryan Martin, Volunteer Coordinator
Patrick Gamble, Operations Coordinator
Denise Webb, Merchant Coordinator
Christopher Place, Operations Coordinator
Michael Ramirez, Entertainment Coordinator
Kathryn Jim, Director
Russell Mann, Main Stage Entertainment Coordinator & Operations