2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in NYC, the event that marks the official beginning of the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights.
In light of this anniversary, Cleveland Pride is allowing parade participants to march for free; however, Cleveland Pride will be accepting donations in advance of the festival.
Given this economic climate, it is near impossible to host an event without monetary support. In the spirit of giving, won’t you consider making a tax deductible donation to Cleveland Pride to ensure that the parade and festival, which are hosted for you, will go off without a hitch this year.
Founded in 1989, Cleveland Pride has been an integral part of the Northeastern Ohio region for the past 21 years. Cleveland’s Pride celebration is among the first half-dozen such events launched in the U.S., making our Parade and Festival among the longest continuing Pride events in the country.
On an ongoing basis, Cleveland Pride brings awareness, education and knowledge of the queer community to the general public to discourage/eliminate prejudice and discrimination on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Cleveland Pride openly recognizes and embraces all individuals of the queer community who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, intersex and straight allies, while understanding that each group identified exists in all ages, races, national origins and physical abilities.