A Message from Executive Director Debra Porta
Hello! Welcome to the new Pride Northwest newsletter! Each month, we will bring you important news and updates, exclusive promotions, and opportunities to Make Pride Happen!
At Pride Northwest, we strive every day to bring visibility to, and celebrate, the accomplishments and talents of Oregon and SW Washington’s LGBTQ+ community. In addition, we educate all people about those things, and ensure that the LGBTQ+ community’s voice is included and heard. As a 501(c)3 organization, we take seriously our commitment to honoring and lifting up that voice.
A year-round planning process, Pride Northwest staff is already hard at work on the 2020 Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade. In 2019, we celebrated Stonewall as well as Pride Northwest’s 25th birthday. In 2020, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride itself! We look forward to spotlighting important milestones in our history, as well as the LGBTQ+ heroes who have paved the way for where we are today.
Portland Pride is a nationally recognized celebration, attended by approximately 60,000 people, and draws thousands of visitors from across the country. As the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade grows, we continuously look for opportunities to broaden and improve the Pride experience for attendees and participants. Look for updates in the coming months as well as opportunities for you to engage and support!
We have a few staffing changes this year. Due to a promotion in his professional career, Max West has left his role here at Pride Northwest. Max has been instrumental in helping to streamline registration processes for the festival and parade, work that we will continue to build upon. Although he will be missed, we are super excited for Max and the opportunities ahead for him, in his chosen field!
We also said goodbye to Angela Ogren this year. Angela has been part of the Pride Northwest family for twelve years, serving as a volunteer, a board member and, most recently, as Volunteer Coordinator. Like Max, Angela is pursuing opportunities in their chosen career, working with at-risk youth. We wish Angela well and will miss them!
Kari Anne Horton joined the Pride Northwest family this year and will be taking on the role of primary contact, for festival exhibitors and parade registrants. Kari Anne brings with her a breadth of knowledge in program planning and communications. Community is important to Kari Anne and she hopes her work at Pride Northwest will help other queer folks feel accepted and welcome!
Thank you for your continued support – Happy Fall!