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Our History

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, members and friends of SunCoast Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) took the initiative and provided the support needed to host the first Venice Pride Festival in November 2018.

Due to the overwhelming support from the broader community, we recognized the need for an ongoing presence and voice of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Efforts Expanding to the Suncoast Region


We incorporated in 2020 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3)  organization and in 2021 developed our Strategic Plan ​for 2022 to 2024 to guide our work. 

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.

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The progress that Venice Pride, Inc. has made to date would not have been possible without the guidance, risks and vision of so many who came before us.

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