It Began with a Pride Festival in Venice, FL
In 2018 we joined other activists and LGBTQ+ supporters and allies to celebrate the visibility and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.
In what started out as a vision to promote awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, allies and friends of SunCoast Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) provided the initial support needed to sponsor the first Venice Pride Festival in November 2018.
However, due to the overwhelming support from the broader community for an ongoing presence and voice of the LGBTQ+ community, Venice Pride, Inc. was formed as a new group with its own Board, strategic plan and vision.
Efforts Expanding to the Suncoast Region
Venice Pride, Inc. was incorporated in 2019. It obtained non-profit 501 (c) (3) status in 2020. In 2021 it mapped out it's Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2024.
With your support, we plan to expand programming, build partnerships, educate and advocate -- all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of our LGBTQ+ friends and allies in the Suncoast region of Florida.
The progress that Venice Pride, Inc. has made to date would not have been possible without the guidance, risks and vision of so many in the LGBTQ+ movement who came before us.