CELEBRATE 15 YEARS OF FARGO-MOORHEAD
FM PRIDE WEEKWEEK AUGUST 13-16 FMPRIDE.COM FARGO PRIDE 8/14-8/16FMPRIDE.COM THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH Bowling & Youth Event, 6-10pm – All-Star Bowl Trivia & Karaoke, 9pm – Rhombus Guys
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH
Dance Party, 9pm-2am - Aquarium (21+) Youth Drag Show, 9pm-midnight - Studio 222 (all-ages)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH 5K Fun Run & Walk, 10am – Woodlawn Park Pride in the Park, 11-4pm – Island Park FM Pride Block Party, 6pm – 1am – Usher’s House
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH Interfaith Service, 12:00pm Reception/12:30 Service– Fargo Theatre Parade, 2pm – Downtown Fargo Rally (after parade) – Civic Center Lawn FM Pride After-Party, 3pm – Sidestreet All Ages Party, 3-7pm, Pride Collective & Community Center
Welcome to Fargo-Moorhead! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FM Pride Planning Committee is very excited to celebrate 15 years of Pride with each and every one of you! Fargo-Moorhead is truly a community that is committed to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens, along with our allies are active and respected members of the greater whole. The past 15 years are a testament to the progress towards inclusivity and equality that can be made when people of faith, employers, educational institutions, policy makers and community members stand up for what is fair, and what is right. Much like the first Pride celebration in New York City, Fargo-Moorhead Pride began with a parade fifteen years ago. The parade was and still is a symbolic connection to those who marched at Stonewall 46 years ago. Prior to the first Pride parade down Fargoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadway, small groups of local LGBT community members celebrated privately in backyards and at park potlucks. It was an act of courage for those first parade marchers to gather and walk down Broadway to break the silence. They publicly came out as a visible and important representation of the greater LGBT community and launching our community forward to make gains locally, regionally and nationally. Thanks to those brave souls, today, we walk down Broadway with hundreds of supporters cheering on the various churches, non-profits, businesses, community groups, families and individuals who march in celebration of another great year of progress. I look forward to celebrating with you all during this important milestone for our community. However, we know that the work is not complete. After a fun weekend together, we all must commit ourselves to a renewed sense of urgency to ensure discrimination no longer is lawful in states like North Dakota, to support LGBT youth who continue to experience record high numbers of homelessness in our area, and to increase access and affordable healthcare, especially for our transgender family and friends. Now is more important than ever to keep our momentum moving forward. As you celebrate, be sure to thank FM Prideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing number of sponsors, vendors, venues and volunteers who continue to ensure that each year is a memorable one. They help make sure the various events throughout the week are a success. Happy Pride! Joshua A. Boschee FM Pride Planning Committee, 2015 Chair
FLEXIBLE. AFFORDABLE. PERSONAL.
The opportuni�es are endless when you begin at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Get ahead with a career or technical degree that will get you into the workforce quickly, or earn a transfer degree. M State is the exible, aﬀordable and personal op�on for higher educa�on in the F-M area.
Learn more at minnesota.edu Minnesota State Colleges and UniversiƟes is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer/educator commiƩed to the principles of diversity.
HIV/AIDS/STDs/Viral Hepatitis is a community problem that needs a community solution. The North Dakota Community Planning Group for HIV & Viral Hepatitis Prevention Care and Treatment seeks meaningful involvement from community members like you to help develop, refine, and tailor HIV prevention interventions that are culturally sensitive and scientifically sound and that address the unique needs of those communities at highest risk for HIV infection. For more information, call Christopher Wegner, HIV Program Manager, Family HealthCare, 701.271.6373 www.facebook.com/northdakotacpg1
2015 Fargo-Moorhead PRIDE Schedule of Events
Tuesday, August 11th
LGBT Film Fest Sneak Peek, 7pm @ The Fargo Theatre
Thursday, August 13th
Bowling & Youth Event, 6-10pm @ All-Star Bowl Karaoke & Trivia, 9pm @ Rhombus Guys
Friday, August 14th
Dance Party, 9pm-2am @ The Aquarium (21+) Youth Drag Show, 9pm-12am @ Studio 222 (All Ages)
Saturday, August 15th PRIDE 5K, 10am @ Woodlawn Park PRIDE in the Park, 11am-4pm @ Island Park FM PRIDE Block Party, 6pm-1am @ Usherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House
Sunday, August 16th
Interfaith Service, 12:00pm @ The Fargo Theatre Parade, 2pm Downtown Fargo Rally, following parade @ Civic Center Lawn FM PRIDE After Party, 3pm @ Sidestreet All Ages Party, 3-7pm @ PRIDE Collective & Communtiy Center For more information on events, visit fmpride.com
Celebrating 15 Years of
Photos by Kensie Wallner Photography
Justice. Equality. Celebration!
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest level of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth District is reversed. It is so ordered.
June 26th, 2015
An In-Depth Look at Our Events
The 2015 FM Pride weekend begins on Tuesday, August 111th, and continues with a series of events culminating on Sunday, August 16th with the Annual FM Pride Parade and Rally in downtown Fargo. The FM Pride Committee expects to draw attendees from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and stretching into Canada, as they once again claim their spot as one of the nation’s largest rural Pride celebrations. There are several events throughout the weekend –a few are highlighted below.
Youth Pride Drag Show The Youth Pride Drag is one of FM Pride’s newer additions to Pride Week. The event will be held at Studio 222 in Downtown Fargo. Enjoy fantastic drag performances and adorable personalities appropriate for all ages! This is a dry event with non-alcoholic refreshments and edibles for purchase. If you are under 21 the cost is only $5 and 21 and over is $10.
2015 Parade Route
FM Pride Dance Party The FM Pride Dance Party will be held for the fifth consecutive year at the Aquarium in Downtown Fargo. The Dance Party event will feature a collection of FM PRIDES best and favorite DJs. If you are 21+, enjoy highenergy beats, and dancing with a wall to wall audience, this event is made for you. The music starts early and the dance floor fills up fast so don’t miss out! The cover is $10 at the door. FM Pride 5k Fun Run and Walk The FM Pride 5k Fun Run and Walk is an all-ages race to celebrate the Fargo-Moorhead lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) community’s commitment to promoting positive activities and healthy living. The race starts at Woodlawn Park in Moorhead, follows along the Red River down one of the area trails, and finishes back at Woodlawn Park. All participants receive the official Pride 5k t-shirt,
e t . a l e d t .
k e y s s e k s ,
as well as PRIDE 5K race medal. We encourage all racer goers to join us at the Pride in the Park immediately following the event. Register to join FM PRIDE 5K at the starting line of this Pride spirit packed event. FM Pride in the Park Pride in the Park is an annual event that acknowledges the achievements and progress made in and by the local LGBTQA community and beyond. The afternoon is jam packed with fun and celebration geared at families and individuals of all-ages. Pride in the Park includes vendors, merchants, artisans, business services, local community groups, games, and live entertainment. The over 100 booths and unique attractions draw both local residents and out of state visitors in the name of equality. Pride in the Park is the place to stop and listen to area performers, grab a bite to eat, or pick up some Pride gear. The best part: FREE admission! FM Pride Block Party The FM Pride Block Party will be held in partnership with Usher’s House in Moorhead for those 21+. The FM Pride Committee is excited to welcome back the legendary DJ Joyride and Minneapolis Drag Superstar Nina DiAngelo as hosts for 2015. The Block Party is FM Pride’s biggest event each year, with over 1,000 people in attendance. The stage show starts at 6:00 PM outdoors with music and celebrity drag performers, and continues through the night inside Usher’s House with more music and dancing after the show. The cover is $15 at the door.
FM Pride Parade and Rally Fargo-Moorhead businesses, organizations, and individuals are welcomed each year to participate in the FM Pride Parade and Rally. These groups create floats, signs and toss candy (and glitter) to show their support of the LGBTQA community. The parade route leads us to the FM Pride Rally, which is traditionally features a welcome message from the Grand Marshal of the FM Pride Parade and is then led by local activists and politicians. The FM Pride Parade begins on the norh end of Broadway, marches through the downtown streets, and ends on the lawn of the Fargo Civic Center with the FM Pride Rally. For more information and additional FM Pride events go to: www.fmpride.com or facebook.com/fmpride
The Power of Story to Effect Change By Jared Kellerman
With this year’s Pride events in Fargo-Moorhead, we in the LGBT community have a lot to celebrate. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission supported protection of sexual orientation (recently, 2015 ) and gender identity (2012) in the workplace, as well as the Supreme Court’s decision to vote in favor of marriage equality as a constitutional right. Throughout all of these landmark changes in the fight for equality, it seems to me that an integral part of getting to where we are as LGBT citizens is through knowing and speaking our stories. There are many obstacles that either willfully or based out of ignorance seek to keep LGBT experiences silent. Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislature heard testimony for and against Senate Bill 2279 which would have included sexual orientation and gender identity as protected identities from workplace and housing discrimination. When I watched the floor vote, I’ll admit that I wasn’t fully surprised by the outcome, but I was still heartbroken to see the House of Representatives vote against SB 2279 citing “no instances of discrimination “. Seeing the final vote left me in tears as it triggered years of liv-
ing in a culture of silence around non-heterosexual and non-cisgender identities (See Melanie Hoffert’s Prairie Silence to learn about the author’s experience of coming to terms with being lesbian while growing up in North Dakota); growing up gay in North Dakota led me to believe that “I was the only one,” and that I was somehow broken because I did not get married to a woman and have children. I once subscribed to the idea that one North Dakota politician posited when saying the Supreme Court’s support of marriage equality is akin to supporting the “me[n]tally ill. ” These perspectives, whether intentional or not, invalidate the experiences of LGBT North Dakotans; in other words, being LGBT is not a problem in North Dakota as long as you do not acknowledge it and get your work done. North Dakota could take a lesson from Minnesota when it comes to creating and supporting a state that values equality. Sharing our personal histories as LGBT community members can shift the conversation from one of dubious political agenda to a human experience that others can connect with. In 2013, Minnesotans utilized stories when canvas-
ing neighborhoods to build support of marriage equality; during these conversations, volunteers candidly shared their experiences of being LGBT and how much marriage equality would mean to them; that same year, Minnesota passed a marriage equality bill overturning a potential constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality! While I witnessed many personal stories of discrimination in Bismarck this past spring, it might take a little more time for the wider North Dakotan culture to fully appreciate LGBT North Dakotansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories without prejudice. Just as we have seen in Minnesota in 2013, it seems important to literally put a face to the issue of LGBT equality. I write all of this in hopes that you, as an LGBT community member, can take time to reflect on your experiences as a minority. I am the first to admit that I like to keep my personal life private, but I also
know that the more I share my story, the easier it becomes to tell and the more willing the people around me are willing to listen and support me. It took my family several years to openly speak about my sexual orientation, as if that were my only identity, which reveals how the Midwestern culture leaves us without traditions for understanding and appreciating our LGBT family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. I hope that at this PRIDE, I get to hear more peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories about fully knowing and loving themselves for who they are; sharing our stories will help us find the words as a wider community that the culture of silence would have us do without.
Thank you to the Hotel Donaldson for adding Fargo-Moorhead Pride to their donation tip line for the month of August.
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF FARGO-MOORHEAD
XYIS E NALO I O B A N E R QU BE AR ET G H N AR AN A E I M Z B D
IA A ASAR OH
SATURDAY - AUGUST 15TH USHER’S HOUSE >>> 700 1ST AVE N. MOORHEAD
6PM: DJ JOYRIDE - 8PM: DRAG SHOW 21+ >> $15 COVER >> FMPRIDE.COM
Bebe Zahara Benet Bebe Zahara Benet is the original drag Superstar, being the winner of Season 1 RuPaul’s drag race. She spends her time performing across the country, speaking at universities about gender identity and is currently launching her new production company Revel Entertainment. She’s honored to be back to celebrate pride with all of you!
Roxy Marquis originally hails from Sioux Falls, SD where she began performing at the local club in 1989. She moved to Minneapolis in 1992 and started working in numerous clubs in Minneapolis and St Paul before finally making the 90’s her permanent home for over a decade. She has captured numerous local titles including Miss Gay 90’s, Miss City of the Lakes, Miss Minnesota USofA, Miss Northern Star USofA, and has placed in the top 12 on a national level in the USofA pageant system on 8 separate occasions with her strongest finish ever being 2nd runner up. She has been recognized as “Best Drag Queen” in the Twin Cities several times by Lavender Magazine and City Pages. Roxy is perhaps best known for her performances as Madonna and Dolly Parton. In her personal life, she has been in a committed relationship with her partner of 11 years.
Former National Entertainer of the Year, Show Director Gay 90’s in Minneapolis. Nina has been in the biz for almost 20 years, spreading fabulosity and fierceness across the country and abroad. She is currently the Entertainment Director at The Gay 90's in Minneapolis where she can be seen hosting and performing every Thursday- Sunday nights. Showtime 10 pm. Most noted for her spot on celebrity impersonations she has recently launched a Celebrity Look-a-Like agency and appears regularly across the country at private and corporate events. ”I am so excited to be back for FM Pride, we have a great show lined up. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet!”
Asia O’Hara Asia O'hara is a native of Dallas Texas. She started her career in female impersonation in the spring of 2003 competing in armature drag contests all around the state of Texas. She was crowned Miss Gay USofA in Dallas, TX 2007 and All American Goddess in Dayton, OH in 2012. She has traveled the country entertaining for the past 7 years. She is also a cast member in the infamous Rose Room in Dallas. Offstage she is a costume designer for local schools, theaters, and studios. She is a Cancer. She likes Daisys, the color green, and gingers.
Joyride is a child of the late 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midwest DJ scene. He learned his craft while studying music at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Joyride co-founded Icedbreaks Crew, a DJ team, in 1999 and the crew has held countless club events, private events, summer barbecues for the public, and fundraising events for non-profit groups over the years. During his time at MSUM, Joyride worked for Dragon Radio and after 5 years with the station Joyride became a pivotal member of community radio station, KNDS 96.3FM, where he hosted a 2-hour dance/remix/mash-up music based program every Friday night. While at KNDS he built the well-known and popular Friday Night Frequency Sessions as well as making several public appearances at dance events throughout the region. Joyride currently resides in Portland, OR and we are very excited to welcome him back to the Red River Valley!
At Sanford Health, we embrace the different perspectives and individual strengths of each member of our family. We value diversity because it makes us stronger, allowing us to deliver exceptional health care to the communities we serve. If you are passionate about patient care, enthusiastic about helping people improve their health and are a warm, compassionate professional, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a rewarding and fulfilling career at Sanford Health. 039054-00012 6/15
dft a e J d s, c, fs or vd t. ee R y!
Your Calling. Your Place.
Learn more at careers.sanfordhealth.org.
Connecting Parents of LGBTQ Kids by Kristen Benson
Paul called me with several questions about gender identity. He had envisioned raising his 5 year old son by engaging in typical father-son activities, yet his child had always expressed femininity. Paul recently saw a special on t.v. about transgender children, and saw similarities between his child and the kids on the show. He wondered if there are parents with similar experiences in our local community, and he wanted to meet them. He wanted a safe place where he and his partner Sasha could ask questions about how to address extended family, siblings, school, and friends. More importantly, he wanted to to talk to other parents about how to both love his child, and still acknowledge his confusion. He wanted connection with other parents.
to the Family Acceptance Project who studies families with LGBTQ children, even parents who struggle with their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity yet show acceptance reduce the chances that their child will face these risks.
The Midwest values family. Family is often a foundation for support, encouragement, and growth; all good Midwestern values. So it may make sense that when parents accept their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer child, that child is significantly less likely to face harmful risk factors. LGBTQ children are at greater risk for depression, suicide, drug and alcohol use due to their experiences of rejection from family and peers who do not accept their gender identity or sexual orientation. These statistics are concerning, yet research shows that the power of loving family makes a difference. In fact, according
Fargo-Moorhead has a new group that offers family support for folks like Paul, by connecting parents and family members of transgender, gender expansive, lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, or question their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Parents of LGBTQ Kids Fargo-Moorhead is currently on Facebook as place for members to exchange resources and information. The group will develop programming and meetings based on the needs and requests of family members. For example, parents of transgender and gender expansive children have expressed an interest in meeting, so a parent meet-up event
The Midwest values community. Community is also a foundation for support, encouragement, and growth; all good Midwestern values. So it may make sense that when parents are able to connect with each other, they are more likely to feel confident about their parenting decisions. This is especially important for parents of LGBTQ children, who often report the positive influence that family support groups have on the well- being of their family as well as long term positive outcomes for LGBTQ children.
i p t a P h
o , r e d
is currently being planned and will be posted on the Facebook page. Eventually, the group hopes to establish a local PFLAG chapter. Look for the Parents of LGBTQ Kids Fargo-Moorhead booth at Pride in the Park.
For more information about the Family Acceptance Project visit www.familyproject.sfsu.edu Like Parents of LGBTQ Kids FargoMoorhead on Facebook at www. facebook.com/ParentsLGBTQKidsFargoMoorhead
. r ; t s , t s f e t f -
p s d , s s r d p d y f e n t
We Are Family all nice people welcome
A Few Words From Joel Hoffman
President of the Northern Plains Labor Council, AFL-CIO Northern Plains United Labor Council, Missouri Slope Labor Council, North Dakota AFL-CIO, West Area AFL-CIO, Dakota Outright, Fargo-Moorhead Pride Collective and many other allied organizations partnered this past year to show the award winning film “Pride”, first in Fargo and than in Bismarck. “Pride” is an incredible film based on a true account about the how members of the London LGBT community became unlikely supporters of the rural striking union miners, and how the miners in turn became steadfast supporters of the LGBT rights movement in England. The film “Pride” really exemplifies the meaning of solidarity. What is Solidarity? The dictionary definition of solidarity is “unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.” Solidarity is essentially the commitment to being there for each other through the good times and the bad. Our struggles are interconnected, and we have a common interest. Over the past few years, organized labor in our community has had the opportunity to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most amazing and dedicated advocates and activists for LGBT rights on both sides of the Red River. From battles in the North Dakota legislature to pass SB 2779, to beating back the anti-marriage equality ballot measure in Minnesota in 2012, we’ve experience both the good times and the bad. It has become very clear that LGBT struggles are workers struggles, and workers struggles are LGBT struggles.
We applaud the Fargo Parks District for taking decisive action to ensure that they have a clear policy against discrimination. We applaud the Supreme Court for their recent decision on marriage equality. We applaud the recent landmark Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) ruling that affirms discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees on the job is against Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We applaud all businesses and organizations that have taken this commonsense step towards dignity and respect for all workers. We will continue to support the efforts of individual organizations, business and government entities that stand up and do the right thing, and we will continue to fight for statewide legislation in North Dakota that protects workers from discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment and housing. We will continue to organize shoulder-toshoulder with some of the best activists North Dakota and Minnesota has to offer, and we will win our struggles together. We are proud to be part of Fargo-Moorhead Pride and march alongside our brothers and sisters in the common struggle for dignity and respect. Joel Hoffman can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
r y n. r e C) t n il s s d
s d o t a n g. s r,
In association with the Pride Collective and Community Center
All open-minded and accepting people ages 14-18 are invited! Allies! Questioning! Children with gay parents! We meet every Tuesday: 1105 1st Ave S in Fargo Questions:
Heather Krause: 218.789.1446 Amanda Logan: 218.303.5893
The Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386 HSI Crisis Connection: 866.379.6363 National Suicude Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255 www.facebook/pages/Kaleidodcope/460477813986644
PRIDE Comes in All Ages Brought To You By The AARP
Do you know the history of the gay rights movement in America? In 2009, AARP honored the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots through essays, video, interactive features and personal stories. For gay and lesbian Americans, June 28, 1969, was the day that changed everything – leading to social, political and cultural changes that have improved the standing of LGBT people.
we do right here in North Dakota at aarp.org/nd or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AARPND. Even if you’re not a member yet, we encourage you to sign up to receive our newsletter and event notifications by email at aarp.org/yes2emailND.
We want to welcome you to the AARP family here in North Dakota, and we hope to see you soon at an event near Learn about the history of the gay you! rights movement and its leaders on AARP’s website at aarp.org/pride. Make a Difference in Your Community Do you want to make a difference right More than Discounts where you live? AARP is searching for If you think AARP only offers dis- volunteers to help us launch two new counts, you’re missing out. From programs later this year. pursuing your ideal second career, to saving for retirement, to estate plan- Fraud Fighters: We are looking for ning, living your best life is all about people who are willing to present making your dreams work for you. fraud and scam information to small groups and clubs in communities And we are right here in your com- across North Dakota. munity. Activities close to you include educational programs to keep our We’ll be conducting a “train-themembers informed, engaged, and ac- trainer” workshop on AARP’s Fraud tive; free shredding events and scam Watch Network later this summer, workshops to help you protect your- and we invite you to consider this as self from fraud and identity theft; and a way you can make a difference for advocacy efforts at the state level in people in your community. You’ll be support of older North Dakotans. provided with valuable, up-to-date resources and information to share with Scores of AARP volunteers provide folks, helping to keep them from being free income tax preparation services scammed. and conduct driver safety classes – both helping to save you money. Life Reimagined® Guides Another opportunity to use your talYou can learn more about everything ents is through the Life Reimagined®
p s P p o w m in
T r h m f c g
A t in s A
J w N p f c m
e e s
P e r
y t r w
r t ll s
d r, s r e h g
program. Renew your mind, body and spirit while exploring your own Real Possibilities. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help people explore their Real Possibilities, focusing on what they really want to do. Guides will be equipped to facilitate Life Reimagined Check-ups for groups, helping people act on their dreams.
Finally, visit the Pride page on our website at aarp.org/pride. It offers resources, news, and other topics of interest to older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their family and friends.
Discover the difference being an AARP member can make in your life Those attending either training will be and start enjoying all of your Real Posreimbursed for travel costs, including sibilities. hotel, meals and mileage reimbursement. And you will also be reimbursed for travel expenses you incur when conducting presentations in your region. And there are other volunteer opportunities with AARP in North Dakota, including legislative volunteers, driver safety classroom instructors, and TaxAide volunteers. Join a vibrant group of volunteers that work in collaboration with the AARP North Dakota staff to help people 50plus and their families live life to the fullest. For more information, please contact Doreen Riedman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-355-3643.
BOLD HUMAN RESPONSIBLE
The City of Fargo values human diversity and works to promote equal opportunities. The Fargo Human Relations Commission is committed to working in the area of human rights development in the community. www.cityoffargo.com/humanrelations
MSU Moorhead has PRIDE for ALL its Students.
MSUM wants all its students to feel that they belong. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we strive for a campus free of discrimination, harassment and violence. The Rainbow Dragon Center provides a welcoming and safe space for all LGBTQ students and provides activities, support and education to students, faculty and staff. To find out more about the Rainbow Dragon Center and the other resources MSUM offers, visit mnstate.edu/safezone.
mnstate.edu/safezone Minnesota State University Moorhead is an equal opportunity educator and employer and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Meet Your 2015 FM PRIDE Planning Committee They have all let us know what PRIDE means to them with 3 words.
Joshua A. Boschee PRIDE Chair
Community. Progress. Proud.
Alexandra Farren 5K Organizer
Community. Excitement. Celebration.
Kristine Holm PRIDE in the Park Organizer Yasss. Queen. Werq.
Katie Christensen 5K Organizer
Festive. Fun. Friendly.
Nicole Holden Marketing Coordinator Change. Love. Equality.
Elizabeth Kinzer PRIDE in the Park Organizer Fun. Inspiring. Accepting.
Andrew Lake Webmaster
Michael Larson Interfaith Service Organizer
Glitter. Bomb. Duck.
Diversity. Affirmation. Celebration.
Christina Lindseth Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Logan Youth Event Organizer
Family. Unicorns. Fabulousness.
Community. Likeness. Love.
Mara Morken Fogarty Youth Event Organizer
Emily Stengrim Parade Organizer
Spirited. Sparkling. Necessary.
Family. Fun. Freedom.
Lindsey Warner Block Party Organizer
Brandon Wente 5K Organizer
Equality. Awareness. Celebration.
Fun. Community. Proud.
support Together, we can make Fargo-Moorhead a healthy, safe and fun place for LGBT people to live, work and play! The Pride Center is seeking your help in two ways: Volunteer Join a committee, help with an event, become an intern, or apply to the board of directors. Whatever your interests, the Pride Center has something for you. Email, give us a call or stop in to the Pride Center during open hours to learn more about being a part of this wonderful community staple. Monetary Contributions Your contributions enable our organization to continue to support the LGBT community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meaning your donations are tax deductable. Check out our website for more ways to donate!
programming The backbone of the Pride Center is our fantastic programming. We have a full roster of events and groups catering to the Fargo Moorhead LGBT community's needs and we are always on the look out for new ideas to improve our offerings. Check out our webpage calendar for upcoming events and for current open hours! We proudly support our community committees! The Pride Center houses many fantastic committees offering entertainment, community events and support. Here are a few:
The Pride Planning Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to building a healthy LGBT community celebration that promotes a positive image though visability, education and involvement. Each year’s Pride celebrations draw attendees from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and stretching into Canada, as it claims its spot as one of the nations largest rural pride celebrations!
We Are Family
We Are Family is for everyone!
Tri State Transgender (TSTG) is a self sustaining fellowship of transgender folks and their allies, who meet on a monthly basis. We are pretty much from the Red River Valley area; North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. We welcome everyone in the tri-state area whose gender presentation may not fit the binary system and to those who support non-traditional gender presentation. We affirm the individual’s right to self-determination of gender identity and sexual orientation. We hope everyone recognizes prejudice or hatred towards anyone diminishes us all. A group of Gay/Bi/ Supportive Men/male identified in the Fargo/Moorhead area who love to sing and want to share our talents with our community.
With a focus on creating a sense of community, this fantastic group hosts and inclusive events for LGBT people, our families and our allies. We Are Family is also very proud to offer educational programing utilizing guest speakers who are top in their field. Past speakers have included attorneys, social workers, medical doctors and others. Although We Are Family activities are typically child-friendly, you need not have children or a partner to attend.
Kaleidoscope’s mission is to provide a safe, ALEIDOSCOPE judgment free environment in the Fargo-Moorhead area where LGBTQ youth and allies can gather to gain support from peers and adult community members; and obtain education to prevent youth addiction, self-harm and suicide.
LG B T Q Yo u t h S u p p o r t G r o u p
With weekly meetings including support and activities, K-scope is regularly attended by teens from Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo school districts.
Our purpose is to create musical experiences that enrich our members, challenge homophobia, and expose new communities to our message of equality. We create concerts to move you, entertain you, and make you think. Using music to change images and attitudes, build a stronger community, and make the world a better place!
your ideas The Pride Center is always looking for
If there is a group, event or programming idea you would like to see offered to our community, let us know! We want to hear from you. Better yet, get involved! Help us to create the community resources that will help build, shape, and nourish the local LGBT community and our allies.
United Church of Christ,
We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We intentionally welcome all people to join us in worship and work. We strive to love, as we are loved by God, freely and unconditionally. We recognize, celebrate, and affirm the full humanity of all people, with our God-given diversity. Visit us in person on Sunday at: 406 8th Street S., Moorhead Service begins at 10 a.m.
or visit us online at: www.moorheadcongregational.org
God doesn’t reject people and neither do we,
SupportS Fargo Moorhead pride
• LGBTQ ProGrams • LGBTQ resource room • Gay sTraiGhT + aLLiance student organization • Pride neTwork for faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students • safe Zone training allies • LGBTQ sTudenT schoLarshiPs • eQuiTy and diversiTy cenTer • division of eQuiTy, diversiTy + GLoBaL ouTreach
for more information on any of these groups, go to www.ndsu.edu/diversity. North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a U.S. veteran. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.
Meet Our Proud Supporters Platinum Sponsors
Friends of Pride